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HRW criticizes NAB, urged Pakistani Gov to carry reforms

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

06th Aug, 2020. 12:45 pm
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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday has urged Pakistani government to stop using NAB to harass and intimidate opponents.

In a statement, the rights organization said that the “The Pakistani Supreme Court judgment is just the latest indictment of the NAB’s unlawful behavior,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“Pakistani authorities should stop using a dictatorship-era body, possessing draconian and arbitrary powers, to intimidate and harass opponents.”

Pakistan’s parliament should carry out urgent reforms to make the anti-corruption body independent, Human Rights Watch said.

“Pakistani authorities should uphold the government’s human rights obligations,” Adams said.

“Pakistan’s parliament should amend or repeal the NAB ordinance to ensure that the principles of fair trial, due process, and transparency are not compromised on the pretext of accountability.”

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