Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday accused the government of amending accountability laws to protect the “corrupt elite”, claiming PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif would be “direct beneficiaries of the changes”. . ,
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Qureshi alleged that the amendments made by the government to the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 were the same as what he had once proposed to PTI in an attempt to get the NRO – a term that politicians make concessions to. Will give Were.
National Assembly did on 26 May Approved The National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021.
Amendment in NAB Ordinance
- After the retirement of the top official, the NAB vice-chairman will become the acting president.
- The process of appointment of the new chairman will start two months before the retirement of the incumbent and will be completed in 40 days.
- Federal and provincial tax matters were removed from the purview of NAB.
- Decisions of regulatory bodies were taken outside the purview of NAB.
- Judges in accountability courts will be appointed for a period of three years. adjudication of cases within one year
- NAB is bound to ensure availability of evidence before arrest.
- Imprisonment up to five years for making false references.
According to Qureshi, the Prime Minister will be a direct beneficiary of the amendment made in Section-9(AV), which deals with corruption and corrupt practices as well as money beyond sources of income.
Similarly, the former minister claimed that PML-N supremo Nawaz would also directly benefit from the change in Section-14 of the NAO, which deals with “presumption against accused accepting illegal gratification”. He said that under this section the suspect who was bound to transact the money would no longer be required to provide it.
He told reporters that all matters related to money laundering and assets beyond means have been covered.
“Following the amendment, NAB has been compromised by legal and statutory protection and is now under the federal government.”
PTI to approach Supreme Court
The senior PTI leader said his party has decided to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the amendments along with other election-related laws passed by the government. Accountability Sentinel Passive”.
He was of the view that the entire exercise of the PML-N-led government was aimed at “benefiting” political figures facing high profile cases.
He said the amendment approved by the government is in violation of the requirements of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and Financial Action Task Force.
Qureshi said that “nearly 80 per cent of NAB cases” will be transferred from accountability courts to other courts, adding that “this is what the PML-N and PPP were looking at for a long time”.
The PTI leader also objected to the passage of the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022, which seeks to remove the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in general elections as well as bar foreign Pakistanis from voting electronically.
The former minister said, “Foreign Pakistanis contribute significantly to our economy, but the PPP and PML-N believe that Pakistanis living abroad are inclined towards PTI, so it has excluded all of them from voting rights.” have make.” done, which is injustice.”
He said PTI also plans to challenge the amendment to the Election Act.
Qureshi recalled that he contested from NA-156 and PP-217 in 2018, he said: “I won the NA seat, the result of which was declared at 10 pm, but I lost the provincial seat as the result was at 4 am. was. was announced on
He said that the staff managing the counting of votes and the entire process was the same. “I’m telling you because I’ve seen it happen.”
The PTI leader said electronic voting machines were introduced to eliminate the possibility of vote tampering, but the opposition “did where it found its advantage”.