Government notifies controversial NAB ordinance

'President is satisfied by circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action'

​ Our Correspondent December 30, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The recently promulgated National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 has officially come into effect after the federal government on Monday published it in the Gazette of Pakistan.

The official document issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice said the law was amended through ordinance as the National Assembly and Senate are not in sessions.

"President is satisfied by the circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action," it further read.

The official documents are published in the Gazette of Pakistan for the information of general public.

Last week, President Dr Arif Alvi promulgated the NAB (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 in a move to limit the sweeping powers of the anti-corruption watchdog to act against any individual accused of financial corruption at will.

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The development has triggered a debate with some analysts calling it ÔÇ£NRO-Plus.ÔÇØ

However, the government has claimed that the ordinance would ensure nobody is treated unfairly and also let the anti-graft watchdog investigate mega corruption scandal more effectively.

The new law offers more protection to public office-holders or government officials while at the same time excludes several financial sectors from the purview of the anti-corruption watchdog.

Read NAB Ordinance 2019 here:


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