The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader said in a tweet that he will stay with the party and continue “contributing as a member of the legal fraternity.” Shahzad Akbar, the PM’s accountability aide, has resigned According to “PTI‘s manifesto,” Akbar hopes that the accountability campaign would continue under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership.
Since the PTI administration took office in August 2018, Akbar has served as the special assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on accountability and the interior. On July 23, 2020, he was promoted to an adviser to the Prime Minister with the power of a federal minister.
Fawad Chaudhry, the Information Minister, responded to Akbar’s apparent surprise departure by saying that “more vital” duties awaited him.
He also praised Akbar for working under “extreme pressure” and noted that “taking on mafia” was never easy.
Muhammad Zubair of the PML-N, on the other hand, accused Akbar of “misusing and wasting national resources,” and claimed that the PML-N has always known the premier’s aide would fail.
Zubair also described Akbar’s departure as “hopping ship” at the appropriate time, adding that he had “shown to be a clever person.”
Last week, Sarina Isa, wife of Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa, had approached the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to initiate proceedings against Akbar and the incumbent law minister among others.
Isa said Akbar, who headed the Assets Recovery Unit (ARU), did not disclose the assets recovered by the ARU. She had questioned the accountability czar about the assets owned by him and his family.
Akbar, however, termed the allegations against him baseless and served her with a defamation notice.