Published On: Sun, Oct 13th, 2019
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Govt decides to introduce six new laws through presidential ordinances

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ISLAMABAD: After facing difficulties in legislation in parliament, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has decided to enforce six important laws through presidential ordinances, which also include amendment in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance.

According to a report, Law Division has forward a summary to federal cabinet for approval regarding six new ordinances. The ordinances include inheritance certificate bill 2019, women quota in inheritance bill, legal aid and justice authority, superior courts order bill, benami act modification and NAB bill 2109 amendment.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal cabinet had formed a task force for legal reforms. Task force was supposed to suggest new laws in order to reduce difficulties of masses.

Bills for four new laws were introduced in parliament but all are still on table in cabinet committees for law and justice.

Meanwhile according to the draft bill prepared for brining amendment in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law, the anti-graft watchdog would now be able to probe into corruption and scandal amounting to over Rs500 million, while suspects availing plea bargain or voluntarily reimbursing embezzled funds would be ineligible to hold public office for 10 years.

The draft also proposes empowering accountability courts to issue verdicts on bail petitions. The courts would be able to grant pre- and post-arrest bail applications. The NAB law would not be applicable on a private person if he/she was not related to a public office holder.

It stated, “NAB would not take action against civil servants in matters regarding departmental fraud unless evidence is found that they have taken undue advantage of the internal loopholes in their department.”

The draft further stated that the approval for voluntary return of the looted national wealth would be made by the committee constituted by the prime minister. “If NAB investigations against a civil servant are not complete within 90 days, the officer would be eligible to apply for a bail.”

It stated that NAB would not be permitted to reopen a case following completion of its investigation. A civil servant arrested by NAB would undergo a maximum remand of 45 days against the previous limit of 90 days, the draft added.

The draft also proposed ending NAB’s authority on tax matters and stock markets as well as its power to freeze properties of government officials. “Properties of government officials can only be seized after conviction,” it added.

However, NAB would be able to file a reference regarding abuse of power against civil servants whose assets show an unusual increase.


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