Parliamentary committee reviews accountability laws

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary committee to review accountability laws in Pakistan held its first meeting on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid chaired the meeting, which was attended by treasury and opposition members from National Assembly and Senate.
Representing the PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi asked the government to retract the NAB presidential ordinance that seeks to ban for life public office holders and government servants who benefit from the plea bargain and voluntary return laws.
Qureshi observed that issuing a presidential ordinance after the formation of a parliamentary committee to review the laws was beyond his understanding.
Zahid Hamid said: “If the opposition does not agree with the amendments [to the law], it can be changed.” “The opposition’s suggestions will all be taken into account when NAB’s laws are being amended,” he assured.
Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chief Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao called for extending the scope of NAB’s accountability powers to generals and judges.
PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar supported the stance of Sherpao and said that the law would not be complete if only politicians and bureaucrats were held accountable.
The next session of the parliamentary committee, fixed for Jan 17, will be held in-camera.

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