Sindh govt reviewing NAB Ordinance repeal bill. SHC toldSeptember 12, 2017 at 4:09 am
Karachi – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday adjourned hearing of a set of petitions filed against a law recently passed by Sindh Assembly repealing applicability of National Accountability Ordinance 1999 to departments and autonomous bodies controlled by Sindh government after Advocate General Sindh told the court the court was reviewing the controversial law.
A full bench of SHC headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh heard the petitions filed by opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)–Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League–Functional (PML-F), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenging NAO 1999 Repeal Bill, 2017 (now Act).
At the outset of the proceeding, Advocate General Zamir Gumru told the court that he had received direction from Chief Minister Sindh that the provincial government was reviewing the law repealing NAO 199.
He added that the provincial government was reviewing the law and it had power to do so. He pleaded the court not to pass any judgment on the petition as the government was reviewing the controversial law.
Upon the request of the AG Sindh, the court adjourned hearing of the petition for four weeks. The court also extended its interim order asking NAB to continue functioning in the provinces with its pending inquiries and investigation against bureaucrats, MPAs and other over corruption charges.
The law has stripped away NAB’s powers to take action against provincial government officials in Sindh.