Pak Senator vows to approach EU over human rights violations by NAB
Pakistan Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla has said that he would approach the European Union (EU) and other international human rights organisations against the violation of human rights by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
“As NAB has been violating human rights so I have decided to approach the European Union and international human rights organisations against it,” he said on Saturday.
His announcement came after a meeting with the bereaved family of retired brigadier Asad Munir who committed suicide following excesses by the anti-graft watchdog.
Munir’s body was found hanging with the ceiling fan in his apartment located at Diplomatic Enclave in March 2019.
“I was astonished to know, from the widow, that Munir earlier tried to commit suicide with his pistol, but fortunately the bullet got stuck and later his wife snatched the pistol from him. However, after a few days he hanged himself due to humiliation by NAB,” he said.
“I have learned that more people have committed suicides, because of NAB, as compared to those who died in NAB’s custody. That is why I have decided to seek details from the Inspector Generals of Prisons about how many people are in jail due to NAB. As details will be sought from the platform of the Senate, they will be received soon. I have observed that, apart from NAB, all departments cooperate with the parliament,” he added.
He also vowed to move a bill to stop the Bureau from character assassination of people and arresting them at the inquiry stage.
Senator Mandviwalla further said that soon he would move a bill in which it would be suggested that NAB should not interfere in private businesses, should not be allowed to arrest people at inquiry stage and should not share details with the media.