‘Accountability process unsatisfactory as it only targets opposition’

Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf member Hamid Khan has said that NAB chairman’s performance not commendable

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Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member Hamid Khan has said that the accountability process under Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) government has not been up to the mark so far as it only targeted the opposition.

Khan appeared as a guest on journalist Shahzeb Khanzada’s show, who asked the lawyer whether he was satisfied with the accountability process under PTI – a party he had previously supported in its mission to hold the corrupt accountable. Khan responded that the process so far was unsatisfactory under the PTI regime because it seemed as if the opposition was being held accountable only.

The former PTI member also said that it was the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman’s responsibility to create equality in the accountability process. He added that NAB chairman’s performance was not laud worthy in the last four years.

This wasn’t the first time Khan criticized PTI’s policies. Khan, who helped PTI articulate the party’s first constitution, was removed from party membership in December 2019. PTI said that Khan had defamed the party on national television, when he said that the party was unwittingly giving in to the ‘establishment’. Khan had previously expressed displeasure at the acceptance of members who had jumped ship from other parties, as it would harm PTI’s own mandate.

Moreover, former Supreme Court Bar Association president Rasheed Rizvi was also present at the show. Rizvi said that if PTI wanted to applaud NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal’s performance by extending his tenure, then the same courtesy should be extended to other bureaucratic and civil offices. Rizvi said that extending the time an official held a position on grounds of performance, was no reason to deprive others who could attain the same office.

On Wednesday, NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal’s tenure was extended through an ordinance promulgated by President Dr. Arif Alvi. A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired a party meeting and decided that retired Iqbal’s tenure as NAB chairman would be extended.