NAB Has Fully Debunked What It Calls A Fabricated TV Report Maligning Its Chairman
News One was left red-faced and has had to tender a public apology. This transpired after the National Accountability Bureau denied a story aired by the channel showing a purported conversation of the NAB chairman with an unnamed woman.
The NAB rejected in a statement the report about Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, saying that all such reports are baseless, contrary to facts, fabricated and part of false propaganda.
NAB Has Arrested Two Blackmailers
“This is work of a group of blackmailers, who want to tarnish the reputation of NAB and its chairman. Disregarding all the pressure and blackmailing, NAB has not only arrested two members of the group but also approved a reference against them,” said a handwritten statement issued on Thursday night.
The videos were aired by News One TV channel Thursday evening without any version from the NAB chairman or any other officials. However shortly after airing the videos, the channel backtracked and pulled them off the air.
#ChairmanNAB Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal faces another scandal. A local tv airs the audio and video clips of his alleged sexual conversation / interaction with a lady.Lady alleges that she faced #NAB case once she refused following instructions of Chairman. pic.twitter.com/VKkojmLb4j
— azazsyed (@AzazSyed) May 23, 2019
News One Apology
The channel admitted that it had not done due diligence and therefore needed further substantiation regarding the videos. The channel management also apologized for any inconvenience caused to the National Accountability Bureau chairman.
News One channel had also announced it would air more videos involving the NAB chairman. Further, it said that it would also bring on air the lady who had allegedly made accusations against him. However, despite making this announcement the channel did not present any further material on the issue and removed the story after an apology.
Who is this woman actually? How did she get quite convenient w/Chairman NAB ? Who recorded calls ? Why the channel first aired citing "credible deliberations for days" & retracted quickly ? The woman was to be interviewed, why stopped ? What's going on actually ? Will Opp speak? https://t.co/TotoswLKYb
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) May 23, 2019
NAB said there are a total of 42 FIRs registered against members of the racket in different parts of the country. “The group is involved in blackmailing, kidnapping for ransom, scamming and looting of billions of rupees from government servants as well as private individuals by impersonating FIA personnel and NAB has evidence in this regard,” it said.
It said the report was a tactic to escape a NAB reference through blackmailing. According to the statement, the kingpin of the group, Farooq, is currently incarcerated at Kot Lakhpat Jail.
I don’t like Chairman NAB because of his professional misconduct. But It’s no one’s business if Chairman NAB’s this conversation is personal & he is not misusing his authority.
We must learn some ETHICS not to intrude anyone’s personal life. Please don’t
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) May 23, 2019
News that Tahir A. Khan owner of News One which leaked #ChairmanNabScandal audio is removed from his post of advisor to the PM.
(This is how pawns are used bro)
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) May 23, 2019
“News One [the channel that aired the audio-video clips] has also withdrawn its report and tendered an apology to the NAB chairman for causing him inconvenience,” it added.
The statement surfaced after the TV channel claimed it was disclosing the country’s ‘biggest scandal’. The channel later said ‘some elements’ of its report were ‘contrary to evidence’.
This entire episode is quite baffling in nature. News One is apparently owned by one of the very close aides and advisors to the Prime Minister. This has lead to even more speculation as to who is behind this entire situation and who stands to benefit from it?
Why has this report been covered and especially by News One, of all channels?
There seems to be something brewing beneath the surface and a lot of players seem to be involved, but to what end? And what do they stand to gain from all of this? Only time will tell.