Government proposes amendments to NAB Ordinance: sources | Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday proposed important changes in the National Decree of Responsibility (NAO) for 1999, sources in the Geo News.
According to the proposed bill, a copy of which is available in Geo News, only federal departments and their employees must fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of National Accountability.
The chairman and general director of the anti-corruption watchdog will be obliged to consult with the Attorney General for any arrests, proposes a bill.
Sources further reported that the bill, if approved, would ban NAB from freezing the assets of any suspect under investigation.
Earlier this year in February, the Punjab Assembly expressed concern over the arrest of the former Director General for Development of Lahore (DG) Ahad Cheem. The provincial assembly required the federal government to amend the Decree on National Accountability of 1999, which prohibits the use of "illegal powers".
"The harassment of high-ranking officials, insulting them, singling out their names in the media and killing a character on a part of the NAB is illegal and unethical," the resolution adopted by the provincial assembly reads.
The resolution submitted by the Punjabi Minister of Justice Rana Sanaullah called on all institutions, including NAB, to ensure respect for basic human rights and ethical values in accordance with the Constitution. He also asked the federal government to take steps to discuss this issue in Parliament.
The provincial government also demanded the exclusion of the clause on the admission of guilt in the ruling.