Islamabad: The Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla, claimed on Wednesday that Pakistan’s anti-corruption surveillance organization was suspected of violating human rights, accusing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of “killing people in hospitals and taking their bodies Leave it.”
Mandeviwola said that he had talked to civil rights organizations about the alleged malfeasance of anti-corruption watchdogs, but they were worried that this would be highlighted because it would “destroy Pakistan’s image worldwide.”
“NAB accuses everyone of being thieves and robbers”, he said, asking: “How dare it level such allegations against people?
“Women call and narrate what the NAB has done to them and their families. This institution is killing people and, when they die, it leaves their bodies in the hospital.
“NAB is violating human rights. I spoke to human rights organisations about it but they are afraid that talking about it will ruin Pakistan’s image. Not a day goes by when I do not receive a call about the NAB’s [alleged] atrocities and its actions,” he said.
The Senate official claimed he had received calls from abroad wherein people told him they left the country due to the anti-graft body’s harassment.
“We have made the NAB into a monster,” he added, challenging the watchdog’s representatives to appear in front of a committee if they had done nothing wrong.
“NAB Chairperson [Justice (r) Javed Iqbal] should have the courage to listen to these families’ woes,” he added, underlining that he would provide a list of people who have been affected by the anti-corruption body.