KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan was Thursday moved against the controversial law repealing the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 passed in Sindh.
The law, which ends the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) powers to act against employees of the Sindh government, had come into effect just hours previous to the filing of the petition.
Advocate Nasir Ahmad submitted a petition in the Supreme Court, in which he nominated the federal law ministry and the speaker of the Sindh Assembly as respondents in the petition.
“The NAO is protected by Article 270 of the Constitution and the Sindh Assembly cannot repeal NAB’s powers as it is an independent authority,” the petitioner maintained.
He added: “Changes in the NAO or the suspension of NAB’s powers fall under the parliament’s purview.”
“The Sindh government has opened the doors to corruption by repealing the NAO, which is a violation of basic human rights,” Ahmad said in the petition.
The petitioner asked that the Sindh assembly’s amendments to the NAO be recalled by the apex court.
Earlier on Thursday, a notification issued by the secretariat of Sindh Assembly passed on directions for printing of the ‘National Accountability Ordinance 1999 Sindh Repeal Act, 2017,’ in the Sindh Government Gazette.

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