Punjab Anti-Corruption Agency being established

Punjab Anti-Corruption Agency being established

LAHORE: (APP) The Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption Establishment Law Reforms on Tuesday finalized its recommendations to take legal and remedial measures for making the Anti-Corruption Establishment more effective .

The body has been constituted by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, which will help improve conviction rate of the culprits.

The special committee met on Tuesday at ACS Conference Room, Civil Secretariat Lahore in the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khwaja.

The committee has been assigned the terms of reference (ToRs) to remove anomalies and existing shortcomings in the relevant law and rules pertaining to Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab. The recommendations will be sent to the Punjab chief minister, who would announce the constitution of Punjab Anti-Corruption Agency having more teeth against the corrupt elements .

It was noted in the meeting that Article 119 and 142 of the Constitution of Pakistan allow the provincial assemblies to legislate against criminal offenses related to money flowing out of Provincial Consolidated Fund.

ACS Shamail Ahmad Khwaja hoped that the new draft law, after approval from the provincial cabinet and the Punjab Assembly, will help eliminate corruption and bribery including white-collar crimes in a manner which will definitely commensurate the international benchmarks of good governance in criminal justice and will also help prevent trespassing of NAB into the jurisdiction of ACE Punjab.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Services Punjab Farhan Aziz Khwaja, Secretary Prosecution Punjab Syed Ali Murtaza, Director General ACE Brig (R) Muzaffar Ali Ranjha, Additional Advocate General Punjab Imtiaz Kaifi, Director ACE Naveed Shahzad Mirza, Deputy Secretary Law Abid Raza, Additional Director Law Muhammad Naeem Khan, Deputy Secretary (Estab) S&GAD Ms Sidrah Yunis and Law Officer ACE Ms Saadia Aziz.

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