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Sindh anti-NAB law challenged

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By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) asked the provincial and federal governments yesterday to submit replies on petitions challenging the new law repealing the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 passed by the Sindh Assembly last month. Separate petitions were filed in the SHC by PML-F’s Nusrat Sehar Abbasi and MQM’s Farooq Sattar, challenging the law that came into force on Thursday. The governments have been asked to submit replies by August 16. Senator Farogh Naseem, who submitted the petition on behalf of Sattar, alleged that the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 Sindh Repeal Act, 2017 is an attempt by the PPP to protect its corruption and is against the basic scheme of the Constitution. After much frustration over NAB’s proceedings against several powerful individuals accused of corruption, the PPP-led provincial government in Sindh last month passed the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 Repeal Bill, 2017 (now an act) to repeal the applicability of NAO, better known as the NAB law, to departments and autonomous bodies controlled by the provincial government. After enactment of the law, NAB can still act against federal government’s employees in Sindh, but not those employed with the provincial government. With the enactment of the law, the Sindh Enquiries and Anti-Corruption Act, 1991 and Rules made there-understand repealed and all cases pending with the Anti-Corruption Establishment, its employees, assets and liabilities are also transferred to the Sindh Accountability Agency.

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