Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has supported the government’s move to introduce National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2019.
According to the details, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had made drastic changes in the National Accountability Ordinance, through a presidential ordinance promulgated on Friday. Under the ordinance, the powers of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were curtailed keeping in view frequent complaints of the bureaucracy and the business community.
ان کے بدترین سیاسی مخالف بھی ان پر کرپشن کا الزام لگانے میں ناکام رہے اور رہینگے۔
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) December 29, 2019
The ordinance — promulgated by President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday — limits the sweeping powers of NAB to act against any individual accused of financial corruption at will. It offers more protection to public office-holders or government officials while at the same time excludes several financial sectors from the purview of NAB.
The special assistant took to social media to defend the new amendment and insisted that action would be taken against government employees who obtain personal gains through procedural errors or departmental defects.
Two major opposition parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party — had rejected the ordinance, alleging that the government is making efforts to protect a few of its cronies and “dry-clean” the PTI.
Taking to Twitter, the PM’s aide lashed out at opposition parties for making the issue about politics. “Imran Khan is not afraid of accountability. Even his political opponents have and always will be unable to prove charges of corruption against him,” she said.