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Tayyaba Gul says NAB turned against her when she had refused to join Ex chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal in a flat

ISLAMABAD: Tayyaba Gul, the woman who appeared in the compromised video with the former chairman NAB Justice (rtd) Javed Iqbal, has alleged former prime minister Imran Khan for using her videos to have his NAB cases closed and blackmailed the opposition.

Tayyaba Gul disclosed this in the Geo News programme. Gul said the NAB turned against her when she had refused to join former chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal in a flat. She said when she lodged a complaint on the prime minister’s portal, she was called by then principal secretary Azam Khan to the Prime Minister’s House.

Pledging justice, she said they took her cell phone and put the videos on air after two days without her approval. When she protested, they ran her denial and then they put her and her husband in the Prime Minister’s House for one and a half months on the promise of providing justice.

After the release of the videos, she said the NAB did not arrest the PTI leaders and closed their cases. She claimed victims of Javed Iqbal were also in contact with her. She also disclosed that the NAB had pressurised PAC Chairman Noor Alam Khan not to call her to Thursday’s meeting. She said her tormentor was still the chairman of the commission on missing persons, adding that had he been in any other country, he would have been in jail.

Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ex-chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal termed the allegation of sexual harassment against him baseless and unfounded. He said that Tayyaba Gul is a fraud and its proof is her medical report, which was submitted by the woman medical officer of the Central Jail, Lahore, to the NAB Court of Special Judge Syed Najamul Hassan.

Earlier, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that it had sent a recommendation to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the removal of former justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, as the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances was established in 2011 and Iqbal, who was also the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) until recently, has been heading it since then.

The development followed Tayyaba Gul’s recent appearance before the committee. In 2019, Gul was involved in a leaked video clip showing alleged clandestine and illicit relations between her and Iqbal.

Gul, and her husband, Mohammad Farooq, were facing inquiries in NAB when the scandal surfaced. Later, NAB had filed a reference against them before an accountability court in Lahore.

Last month, it was reported that she submitted an application with PAC Chairman Noor Alam Khan, seeking inquiry against Iqbal, NAB Lahore DG retired Maj Shahzad Saleem and other officials of the bureau for implicating her in a corruption reference.

During today’s meeting, which the former NAB chairman chose to skip, the PAC reviewed the alleged video scandal involving Iqbal.

At the outset of the meeting, Khan asked Gul whether she had filed an application against the former NAB chairman, to which she replied in the affirmative.

Appearing before the PAC, Gul said Iqbal had filed a Rs20 million reference against her. “I was not issued a call-up notice nor was an inquiry conducted,” she said.

Gul went on to say that officials from NAB Lahore arrested her. Two days prior to this, Gul said she had an argument with Iqbal over the phone.

At one point, the PAC chairman inquired about the relationship between Gul and Iqbal. “How was he in direct contact with you?” he asked.

She replied that she had met Iqbal in relation to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. She went on to say that he “silenced” her at every forum.

“I was not heard at any stage”. Gul went on to say that 40 first information reports were registered against her while a false reference was also filed.

She alleged that the NAB Lahore DG had stripped her naked and filmed her.

My name was placed on the no-fly list, she said, adding that cases were registered against her for stealing coal trucks.

Gul also said that Saleem blackmailed Iqbal with the video he had made of her.

“The owner of a private news channel, Tahir A. Khan, and the former prime minister’s principal secretary, Azam Khan, took the videos from me,” she said.

The PAC chairman said that the committee would also listen to Iqbal even though he skipped today’s meeting.

Speaking to the media after today’s meeting, the PAC chairman said that the voices of many women are left unheard. He said that public office holders should be stopped from misusing their authority while in office.

“We were shown many laws and were told that the PAC cannot take up this matter,” he said. “Then we showed them the Rules of Procedures and the laws, which state that it is within our scope,” he added.

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