NAB ordinance is mother of all NROs: PPP.


KARACHI/ISLAMABAD -- PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday criticised the government's decision to bring in amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance, saying that the changes were introduced "to save their allies". "In order to save their saathhi (allies), they have introduced amendments in the NAB ordinance so that whether it is the Malam Jabba case or the BRT case, their party membersremain safe," said Kaira during a press conference in Islamabad. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government made drastic changes in the country's accountability law - the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 - through a presidential ordinance promulgated on Friday that would benefit not only politicians from across the aisle but also bureaucrats as well as the business community. A day later, the majority of the amendments were taken back in view of growing criticism against what many critics described as a 'mother of all NROs' to businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians. Promising to bring in a new action plan, whereby "the government will be sent packing", Kaira said that signs of worry can already be seen on the part of the government.

"The extent of their worry is such that when Zardari said on the floor of the House that NAB and the economy cannot run together, a lot of criticism was dished out. "When we said we want an amendment in the NAB laws, they accused us ofseeking an NRO. "We told them that our bill is ready for discussion in the Senate. But they not only refused, they resorted to bad mouthing," said Kaira, adding that the objectives behind bringing...

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