Superior bars ask govt to shun ‘political victimisation’
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBA) and the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) have slammed the country's anti-graft watchdog over a notice it sent to PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and called for the PTI government to focus on public welfare.
In a statement issued Wednesday, SBCA President Syed Qalb-e-Hassan and PBC Vice Chairman Abid Saqi "strongly condemned" the notice sent by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to Bilawal, wherein it has summoned the Opposition leader for an appearance on February 13 in relation to the fake accounts case.
Leaders of the two lawyer bodies termed the anti-corruption institution's notice as "an act of personal victimization, satisfying the political egoistic revenge of incumbent government" and said the move came on the back of Bilawal's decision to call out the PTI over skyrocketing inflation and launch a protest.
The notice, the statement added, was a "mere reaction against the commitment shown by Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the recent increase in price hikes and increasing poverty and the announcement made by him to launch a protest movement against economic policies of the government".
Qalb-e-Hassan and Saqi said the notice "also shows the connivance between the sitting government and NAB, apparently so-called state institution" and that "the actions being taken by NAB on the will of sitting government clearly shows that NAB is not acting independently and objectively".
The two said such notices — indicating "malicious ties" between Prime Minister Imran Khan's administration and the anti-graft watchdog — were "a strategy to suppress the democratic values in the country".
The SCBA and the PBC demanded that these unlawful designs be stopped and the government focus on Pakistanis' welfare.
Bilawal shared the statement on his Twitter account, saying he appreciated the move. "Despite Chief Justice of Pakistan declared my innocence more than a year ago still ongoing," he wrote.