No probe against judges, journalists -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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No probe against judges, journalists

ISLAMAB.AD- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided not to probe judges and journalists during its investigations into corruption cases, Chairman NAB Lt-Gen Syed Mohammad Amjad has announced. He was speaking at the Rawalpindi Press Club’s meet-the- press programme.

“I have decided not to investigate against judges and the press, or journalists, though under the NAB ordinance, they are not exempted from probe,” he stated. “The accountability drive will not be focusing on these two institutions for two reasons: first, we cannot afford it; second, judges and journalists are in the same category,” he explained.

He said that if the NAB started probing any journalists or his involvement in any case, an unending campaign would start about the press being in chains in Pakistan. “The press or the media is a double-edged sword,” he added.

He suggested that the judges and journalists should have their own organisations for investigation, of the deeds and misdeeds of the “black sheep” among them.

Referring to a recent news item that investigations will be conducted against judges, he declared: “We are not doing it. That’s all.”

Source: The News
Date:6/5/2000