It is for Nawaz Sharif to respond to money laundering charges

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The minister said that money laundering allegation against thrice-elected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif by NAB on the basis of rumours is absolutely ridiculous in view of the fact that the State Bank of Pakistan and the World Bank contradicting the story.

While the World Bank promptly responded to the NAB move and stated "the report does not include any mention of money laundering nor does it name any individuals", the State Bank of Pakistan said the estimates showed in the WB report were based on "assumptions" which did not reflect the reality.

A report in The Express Tribune said that speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Dastgir questioned NAB's actions and said that it is clear they were targeting Nawaz.

Addressing a press conference at the Punjab House in Islamabad, The former premier gave a 24-hour deadline to NAB to provide evidence.

The daily quoted him, as saying that the committee should ask the NAB Chairman and other officials for evidence and relevant records that supports their allegations that Sharif money laundered over four billion dollars to India as reported by Radio Pakistan yesterday.

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Sharif in a press briefing grilled NAB chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal for failure on his part to probe the report at internal level before going public with it. "If an institution can make such allegations, then it must be investigated all that is happening in it", Abbasi said.

Commenting on her party's frequently-used term against their detractors in disguise, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb remarked that "aliens" are those who sent 13 prime ministers and presidents packing throughout Pakistan's 70-year history.

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