ISLAMABAD: A new accountability law that aimed at leaving no ‘sacred cows’ untouched was sabotaged by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday when both parties rejected the nearly complete draft of the law they had so far been helping to develop.
Both parties frustrated the nearly year-long process of drafting legislation during the 13th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Accountability Laws, which had almost reached an agreement on bringing judges and generals into the ambit of accountability laws if they had committed any sort of corruption.
Before Wednesday’s meeting, all parliamentary parties had agreed to proposals to ensure across-the-board accountability, which would bring judges and generals within the purview of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). However, at the last minute, both PTI and MQM took a sudden U-turn, shattering the consensus built around the nearly-finalised bill.
MQM members rejected the draft bill outright, while PTI’s Dr Shireen Mazari was of the view that her party would come up with its own recommendations for across-the-board accountability.