Pakistan Anti-Graft Watchdog Threatened With Bomb Attack

The chairman of Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) revealed on Monday that the anti-graft watchdog’s headquarters in Islamabad received bomb threats, local media reported.

Dc6FjxdXUAI5kVzNAB Chairman Justice Javed Iqbal (National Accountability Bureau)Chairman Justice Javed Iqbal claimed that the threats were the result of NAB investigations into mega corruption scandals but that investigators are not intimidated and remain committed to their fight against corruption, Dawn reported.

“Our struggle against corruption and malpractices will continue,” Iqbal said while addressing NAB officials at the regional office in the eastern city of Lahore.

In response to Iqbal’s statement, Interim Interior Minister Azam Khan has ordered law enforcement to increase security at the NAB headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan outlet The News reported.  

Abdul Rehman Malik, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior, demanded an investigation into the threat, according to Pakistan outlet The News.   

NAB did not reply to requests for comment.

NAB has been productive since Iqbal became chairman in October 2017. Out of 179 corruption cases filed, the bureau has probed 101, The Nation said. Pakistan is ranked 116 out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index, making it one of the most corrupt countries in the world.