President: President’s spokesperson dismisses allegations

Islamabad: Spokesperson to the President on Saturday dismissed allegation by Shahbaz Sharif that the Presidency was behind any move to declare him as a loan defaulter and thus ineligible to contest the general election.

Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said National Accountability Bureau NAB was an independent institution under the law and was not under any obligation to take directions from the Presidency.

He said that Presidency has nothing to do with any information that NAB may or may not give to the Election Commission of Pakistan, under the law. “Any insinuation that seems to drag the Presidency into election related partisan issues is unfortunate and uncalled for,” he said.

The spokesperson said the Presidency was not involved in partisan political activity and its only interest and concern was that free and fair elections are held in a level playing field in which voters are able to elect who they wish to see as their representatives.