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Sindh govt requests SHC to review order on NAB ordinance

KARACHI: The Sindh government submitted on Tuesday a plea to the Sindh High Court requesting it to review earlier order regarding the jurisdiction of the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance (NAO) 1999 in the province.

The high court in its earlier ruling had ordered the NAB to continue its investigation its inquiries against provincial assembly members and bureaucrats.

In the application submitted today by Sindh Advocate General, it was stated that the Constitution aims to protect the parliamentary processes and the court cannot summon the details of the discussions within the Sindh Assembly.

The Article 69 and 127 provide protection to the parliamentary processes, mentioned the application.

Opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)–Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League–Functional (PML-F), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), jointly filed a petition in SHC challenging the controversial National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 Repeal Bill, 2017 (now Act) recently enacted by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led provincial government.

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 law strips away NAB’s powers to take action against provincial government officials in Sindh.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair refused to sign the bill twice and sent it back along with an objection note to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

NAB is presently probing into corruption charges against over 60 bureaucrats and politicians including Law Minister Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar, MPA Faqir Dad Khoso, Sharmila Farooqi, Sharjeel Memon, former chief secretary Siddiq Memon, Aijaz Chaudhry, former Member of Board of Revenue Shazar Shamoon, Secretary Badar Jameel, Ali Ahmed Lond, Managing Director Water Board Hashim Raza Zaidi, former Education Minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq, MNA Mir Munawar Talpur, MPA Ali Mardan Shah, former administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter, and Former Chairman Inter Board Anwar Zai.

The federal body filed over a hundred references in the past year.

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