Published On: Sat, Feb 20th, 2016
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Govt cannot reduce powers of NAB; say legal experts

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ISLAMABAD: Commenting on the formation of independent commission to look on matters of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), senior legal experts were of the opinion that the government cannot reduce powers of the accountability authority through executive orders.

Speaking to reporter, senior legal experts have expressed their opinion that the incumbent cannot make a commission over an independent institution unless make an amendment in the NAB Law. According to them one way is to completely dismiss NAB which was constituted by former president Pervez Musharraf or make an amendment for a commission through parliament’s approval.

Another way is to remove Chairman NAB from his post under Article 209 of the Constitution while sending a reference to Supreme Judicial Council.

President Supreme Court Bar Association Barrister Ali Zafar, former president of the bar Ali Ahmed Kurd and Ahmed Raza Qasoori said this while talking exclusively.

Barrister Ali Zafar said the government can make legislation with simple majority for NAB affairs but it will be illegal and unconstitutional to issue executive orders in this regard. He further said Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif should not have spoken about an independent institution, adding that his statement made the role of NAB suspected.

Ali Ahmed Kurd said NAB is a constitutional institution and its head was selected through proper procedures. He was of the opinion that NAB’s activities in Punjab, which is largest province of the country, can create difficulties for the ruling PML-N.

Senior legal expert Ahmed Raza Qasoori said the government is considering reducing powers of NAB after if feel that the authority would make it accountable. He was of the opinion that the time of the government has been completed as many cases including Model Town incident will be open against it.

Senior legal expert Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta said the government don’t have any other way except legislation. How they would take action against Chairman whom Prime Minster and leader of opposition selected through consensus, he questioned?

He further said any reference sent against NAB would be challenged in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);