SC intends to early conclude NAB amendment case: CJP.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday said that the court intended to conclude the NAB amendment case early as it was eventually affecting the execution process of accountability law in the country.

"We need independent investigation officers and prosecutors as their incompetency is affecting the accountability system. Until now, 386 references had been returned after the amendments in the law," he noted during hearing on petition of PTI chief Imran Khan against the amendments to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law. At the outset of hearing, the chief justice said that there were reports in media regarding the return of PTI to the Parliament. Whether the government would sit with the PTI to address the major issues if it joined the Parliament, he asked. The CJP instructed the government's counsel to ask its client that whether the court should refer the legislation matter again to the Parliament.

Federal government's counsel Makhdom Ali Khan said that he couldn't respond without taking guideline from his client. He said that everything was evident and clear in the parliamentary system, adding the PTI could move the NAB amendment bill after joining the House. He said that there was no democracy without the politics and there was also a model of national government after World War-II. No law was ever revoked on the basis of assumption about the intention of members Parliament, he said.

The lawyer further said specific PTI's leaders got relief due to the amendments in the NAB law but no one had challenged this. The NAB case was prepared against a former prime minister, ex-finance minister and chief executive of an institution, and they were later acquitted after many years in...

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