PTI government faces a new setback over the NAB Amendment Ordinance
KARACHI: *PTI government faces a new setback over the NAB Amendment Ordinance.*
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2019 has been challenged at the Supreme Court.
A citizen Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi has filed a petition at Karachi Registry of the apex court challenging the amended law.
President Dr Arif Alvi had signed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2019 into law on Friday.
The petitioner has made the Government of Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, secretaries of Cabinet Division, Ministry of Interior, Establishment Division, Chairman NAB, Director General Headquarters NAB and others as party in the case.
The petitioner said, “All citizens are equal in the constitution of Pakistan, the amended ordinance is violation of the constitution and the fundamental rights of citizens”.
The federal cabinet’s approval to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 2019, is unprincipled and dubious, the petition said. “The amended ordinance has pushed the NAB under the subordination of the scrutiny committee, petitioner said which will thoroughly affect the utility and importance of the accountability bureau”.
“It is being feared that the ordinance will affect the possibility of an equal accountability of all,” petition said.
“It is cooked up to protect favorite people from accountability cases,” petition claimed.
According to the amended law, the NAB could not freeze the properties of government employees without court order.
If NAB fails to complete investigation against a suspect within three months, the accused will be entitled to bail, the law said.
The anti graft watchdog’s jurisdiction over matters relating to imports and levy has been curtailed in the amended law.
As per the new ordinance, NAB will now only be able to proceed in corruption cases of Rs500 million and more.