ISLAMABAD - National Accountability Bureau has initiated an inquiry against the ruling party federal minister from Punjab, Saira Afzal Tarrar.
Earlier NAB has always been criticised from the opposition lawmakers of being soft on the Punjab government and the PML N Ministers.
NAB decided to initiate an inquiry against the health minister over charges of corruption in registration of private medical colleges and fixation of drug prices.
Speaking to the media, the minister said that a health minister has no role whatsoever in any process related to recognition of medical and dental colleges by PMDC.
“Recognition of medical and dental colleges is the exclusive domain of PMDC, an autonomous regulatory body. It is regrettable that my name has been clubbed with President PMDC in a matter where the Minister has no authority or role. I am not addressing this press conference to avoid accountability rather I request Chairman NAB to initiate the inquiry on immediate basis and conclude it in fifteen days”, clarified Tarar.
The federal minister further stated that her family has been in politics for the last one hundred years and takes pride in its impeccable reputation, and she has also upheld the highest level of transparency in her decade long career.
She believes that as a federal minister and a public representative it is her basic right to be heard before any investigation is initiated.
The minister informed that she was writing a letter to chairman NAB expressing her and will also request for conclusion of the probe within fifteen days so that it does not affect her campaign for the upcoming elections.