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Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday has turned down petition seeking removal of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman.

During the hearing over a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Noor Awan on the issue of money laundering allegations against ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar upheld the objections raised by SC registrar office.

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The office had directed the claimant to approach relevant forum as directly reaching SC on this issue was inappropriate.

The petitioner pleaded that fake allegations of money laundering had tarnished Nawaz Sharif’s image while stating that anti-graft watchdog can’t function unbiasedly under the supervision of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

Awan, in his plea, further went on to say that NAB’s press release (on money laundering issue) and the incidents which followed it display negative perception of NAB chief about Nawaz Sharif.

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