Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah warned on Sunday that the provincial government would take action against the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) if it interfered in the affairs of its departments after the province’s own anti-graft law.
Speaking to reporters in Naushehro Feroze, the CM said NAB should continue working, but Sindh’s government departments no longer fell in its jurisdiction now that the province had its own anti-corruption law.
Shah further said said ousted PM Nawaz Sharif had the right to portest but he should exhibit patience.
In July, the Sindh Assembly had the controversial Sindh Accountability Act 2017 with a majority vote.
The law applies to all officeholders who are performing their functions in connection with affairs of the government funds in Sindh and include the transaction and utilisation of government money.
Under the new law, a Sindh Accountability Agency (SAA) will be set up, which will be headed by a chairperson. The agency will be overseen by an accountability board that will include SAA chairperson, Sindh advocate-general, SAA prosecutor-general, director-general and investigation director as members.
The law was passed after Governor Mohammad Zubair refused to approve the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 repeal bill presented by the Sindh government.