ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Saturday received a petition against the ordinance(amendment) of National Accountability Bureau promulgated by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday. The Ordinance have been passed after repeatedly complaints from general public (traders and bureaucrats in particular) relating to the unnecessary intervention of NAB in their routine matters.
It is prayed in the said application that the apex court should order to suspend the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. The applicant claimed that the amendment was against Article 25 of the Constitution, and a move to save the corruption of ministers and government officials.
According to the amendment, the amount less than Rs500 million does not come under the jurisdiction of NAB. Besides, no action will be taken against government employees in case of departmental deficiencies and no inquiry, investigation, arrest or proceeding can be initiated without the prior approval of the scrutiny committee, said in a new clause included in section 33-F of the ordinance.
In a summary sent by the law ministry to the federal cabinet, the government claimed as the NAB was dealing a large number of inquiries and investigations including handling of mega corruption cases that is why curtailing of power is aimed to make their job easy.
The anti-graft agency’s jurisdiction over matters relating to tax, stock exchange and IPOs has been curtailed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and building control authorities will be the sole authorities tasked to act on all such matters