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NAB’s job is not to fix institutions: Shahzad Akbar

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

29th Dec, 2019. 11:57 pm
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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar held a press conference on Sunday (Dec  to explain the changes in the National Accountability Ordinance made by the government through a presidential ordinance promulgated earlier in the week.

According to the details, he said that besides turning around the economy, the government, after coming into power, had focused on the restoration of the people’s confidence in state institutions.

“An example before us is NAB (National Accountability Bureau) whose laws were amended to bring in improvements,” he said, as he began to clarify why the law had been amended and what the amendments exactly entail.

“It was seen as extremely important to bring in changes to existing laws so that no one is wrongly made to suffer,” said Akbar.

“You will all agree with me that the NAO,1999 is a very stringent law. And rightly so, to effectively address the menace of corruption rampant in our society.

“But clarification is needed so the law is understood better.”

The special assistant to prime minister on accountability also said that the Tehreek-e-Insaf government despite inheriting the ailing economy increased the salaries of NAB officials and provided them all the resources to enable them to effectively tackle the menace of corruption.

Speaking at length about the newly-introduced NAB ordinance, he said that without any doubt the NAB ordinance 1999 was a very strict law to end corruption in the country. In the same breath, he said: “The law needs improvement with time.”

Explaining the reasons of the amendment in the NAB ordinance, Shehzad Akbar said it was necessary to clarify the definition of the “misuse of authority”.

Imran Khan is not scared of accountability, Firdous defends NAB ordinance

Earlier on today, 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.

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