Govt not to bulldoze NAB Ord through NA.


ISLAMABAD -- The Federal Cabinet on Tuesday decided to table the recently promulgated National Accountability (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 in the parliament for improvement.

The cabinet, which met with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, after holding an in-camera briefing on the Ordinance, decided to place it before the parliament for an in-depth discussion.

'For the law to be passed through the Senate, it is important for the opposition to be on board. But the government will not bulldoze this entire process to forcefully implement the law,' Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said.

Addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting, she criticised the opposition's 'hypocrisy' for wanting to amend the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws for 11 years, and now objecting to the PTI government's introduction of the new NAB law.

'Actually, the opposition parties are overjoyed, but publicly they are criticising the government's move, done in good faith,' she said, and added that although it was the opposition's right to criticise the government whenever it was at fault, the attitude adopted by it towards the law was 'inappropriate'.

'They, PML-N and PPP, have alleged that the government has introduced the ordinance to stop NAB from probing mega corruption cases involving the PTI government members,' the SAPM said.

Dr Firdous said Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the business community in Karachi, had reiterated that he 'picked the thorns out of their way' through the NAB ordinance.

She said the ordinance was aimed at facilitating investors because investment in the country would lead to jobs creation.

To a question about the discussion that took place at cabinet's meeting on narcotics case against PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, she said the ANF director general also briefed the cabinet about the case.

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