LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s warning to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as “astonishing”, saying that transparent and totally impartial accountability could not be expected in such a situation.

In a statement on Wednesday, the JI ameer said that the parties in power were trying to protect their leaders and workers.

Disallowing the NAB to work freely and placing restrictions on the constitutional organisations was tantamount to obstructing the supremacy of the constitution and the law, he added.

“Pakistani nation complains about the proceedings of NAB, on the basis of liking and disliking, and not in accordance with the constitution and the law,” said Mr Haq, adding that the files of the big plunderers who had swallowed trillions had not been touched for years.

“Even as they plundered billions of the public money, NAB gave them clean chit after paying off paltry amounts.”

In view of this state of affairs, the JI has decided to launch a countrywide campaign against corruption, Sirajul Haq further announced. He said the JI campaign was not against any individual but aimed at improving the working of the institutions.

He also appealed to all patriotic and law abiding people to unite against corruption and dishonest practices that alone could save the future of the country and the nation. “Pakistan and corruption cannot go together and the masses should rise to protect the institutions before it’s too late,” the JI leader stressed.