Karachi (August 11, 2017): Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan and Pakistan Muslim League– Functional have filed petitions in the Sindh High Court, challenging the new law repealing National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.
The law was twice passed by Sindh Assembly.
Separate petitions were filed by PML-F’s Nusrat Sehar Abbasi and MQM leader Farooq Sattar.Speaking to the press, Sattar said that Sindh Assembly and provincial government does not have the authority to repeal NAB ordinance in the province, he called the move an attempt to escape from the corruption cases.
“Many of the NAB cases are against Sindh government, leaders and ministers of Pakistan Peoples Party,” he said.Meanwhile, Sindh High Court has asked the provincial and federal governments to submit their responses on petitions challenging the new law passed by Sindh Assembly, allowing the establishment of provincial accountability commission, in replacement of NAB.
The governments have been asked to submit replies by August 16.
Meanwhile, in a letter to respective provincial departments, commissioners and deputy commissioners, on Friday the Sindh government has stated that with the revocation of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 (NAO), all corruption cases, inquiries, and complaints will now be probed by the provincial anti-corruption establishment.
The letter reiterated that with the new law in effect, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will have no role in the province, as it is now mandated to only probe and hear cases related to federal institutions.
Earlier, Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan and Pakistan Muslim League– Functional have filed petitions in the Sindh High Court, challenging the new law repealing National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.
The provincial government officially ended the jurisdiction of the NAO 1999 in the province on August 10. A notification issued by the law ministry directed authorities to print the NAO 1999 repeal bill 2017.On July 3, the Sindh Assembly passed the ‘anti-NAB bill’, which seeks to revoke NAB’s power in the province. The bill was vehemently opposed by opposition members of the house.
The opposition members also staged a walkout from the provincial assembly in protest of the anti-NAB bill.
Earlier, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said that he has no objection whatsoever, if Governor exercising all his powers.Talking to media after visiting Saint Patrick Church on Day of Minorities, Murad said that issue pertaining to the powers of Inspector General Police Sindh is under hearing at the court and it is about administrative powers.
Governor Sindh is not a member of Sindh Apex Committee, he attends its meetings on his special invitation, Murad added.