New accountability bill will not allow reopening of cases older than 10 years

Published: October 8, 2012
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Express News obtains copy of bill which states that no one, including president or PM, will get immunity in any case. PHOTO: APP/FILE

Express News obtains copy of bill which states that no one, including president or PM, will get immunity in any case. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Commission Bill, which is due to be presented in the National Assembly today (Monday), states that cases older than 10 years will not be reopened, according to a copy made available to Express News.

The bill adds that no one will have immunity in any case, be it the president, prime minister, governor, speaker, auditor general, attorney general or retired officers of the armed forces.

According to Express News, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) is likely to vote against the bill as their suggestions were not included in the final draft.

The government had earlier claimed that the bill will be passed in the assembly only when all the stakeholders have agreed to its clauses.

The approval of the bill will result in the formation of a new National Accountability Commission which will repeal the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 in favour of a new accountability law.

The chairman of the commission will either be a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a Grade-22 officer. Similarly, the deputy chairman will be a retired judge of the high courts or a Grade-21 officer. The chairman will be appointed by the president for three years after holding talks with the prime minister and the opposition parties.

In case the prime minister and opposition parties fail to reach a consensus, then two names will be sent to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice for the post of the chairman.

The bill has been languishing since April 2009 due to differences with the opposition.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Oct 8, 2012 - 4:31PM

    PMLN should let this bill pass in its present form and make amendments when they come into power.

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  • S K Afridi
    Oct 8, 2012 - 4:42PM

    When the thieves are assigned to protect the assets then the owners of the assets have no right to complain about the pilferage of their assets.

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  • Anoni
    Oct 8, 2012 - 4:58PM

    NRO equivalent after 10 year . This goverment thinks people are that illiterate . Shame on them

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  • Maher
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Zardari have a deep mind.. BravoRecommend

  • H.A. Khan
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:35PM

    I love the way a grade 22 officer is compared with Retired judge of Hon Supreme Court

    and a grade 21 officer is compared with a retired judge of Hon High Court

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  • Ahmad
    Oct 8, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Another joke..
    This means that if a person murdered soemone 10 years ago, he/she has comitted no crime, and is free to roam around..

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  • Pro Truth
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:00PM

    and why not? if the corruption hasnt got any limits, why law should let it go? and why bother to make even a accountability law? make billions, walk and run free!

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  • Jibran
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:37PM

    What about serving judges and generals? Why should they have immunity?

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  • Afridi
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:42PM

    cool step, will dt benefit civilians?

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  • Mohuiddin
    Oct 8, 2012 - 6:46PM

    This is only for all black sheep’s, they have many doors to go out there is no law for them because they are in power,and they can do anything they can, want for them self, not for the public from whom they want vote, Allah(swt) bless the people and they choose good person who says truth not lies,People of Pakistan wake up,for yourself not others.

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  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:29PM

    It will be shame if this bill is passed with any time limit, ten, fifteen or twenty. A thief is a theif it does not matter how much time has passed This bill must not be passed by the parliament.Whom they are trying to protect?

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  • Noman
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:30PM

    here we go, all will be on board, no any party will have a problem with it except PTI.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 8, 2012 - 7:46PM

    This is the worst government I have seen for decades and I am a life long PPP member, everything this NA does is to protect the corrupt and the one sitting in the Presidential House.ANP and that other outfit in Karachi is part of this corruption, just look at them and their records. If the Pakistani electorate will chose these corrupt parties again then they deserve them and their misery.This NA has sidelined the laws of the land which could effect them adversely and they Toddie to this by chance President, there is no limit to greed.

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  • Juju
    Oct 8, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Financial cases should be allowed to re-open although political victimization cases should be closed after 10 years. That will carve a way for “traitors” (the real representatives of the people) to be included in the political limelight and diminish secession attempts/voices.

    If financial cases are closed then the infamous $160 million National Highway case, Hudaibiya Mills case, Mehran Bank scandal, Asghar Khan petition, $60 million sugar mills rebate case, etc against Nawaz “Daewoo” Sharif would be closed. Zardari’s $60 million Swiss Bank case should be allowed to proceed, his cases are very small compared to a convicted loan defaulter, the Don of Raiwind.

    Bravo for lifting immunity for PMs, Presidents, Governors, CMs and other federal and provincial ministers. This will surely help curb the bribe culture and limit corruption. I understand why a certain 3rd time PM will not enjoy this.

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  • Fazil
    Oct 8, 2012 - 8:44PM

    Parliament= a herd of Thaags, nothing else.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 8, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @Jibran: “What about serving judges and generals? Why should they have immunity?” These unelected paid govt officials always give themselves immunity against all charges including multiple acts of high treason and mutilation of constitution.
    @Juju: I completely agree with you. The problem is our judges and whole country is chasing one Swiss case against PPP for several decades while ignoring the corruption of many billions by generals, judges and other politicians. Faisal Raza Abidi has given documentary proofs of monkey business run from CJ’s official govt home and many cases involving corruption of billions that the SC is sitting on. The constitutional immunity to elected head of the state is granted by many countries including Pakistani constitution and International laws is not fair but it is the right of generals and judges.
    Thanks and regards,
    Mirza

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  • M.usman durrani
    Oct 8, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Another NRO this time by the most currupt group of this country

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  • Rao Salman
    Oct 8, 2012 - 11:30PM

    No case shall be instigated after 10 years…..it will help to end political victimization and blackmailing, doctrine of necessity is going to end.
    Ending the immunity to any public or state office holder is really going to emsure implementation of Rule of Law.

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  • Hamid
    Oct 9, 2012 - 2:04AM

    Corruption at its best, so the want to clean President by putting him to the parliamentary dictatorship washing machine.

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  • Oct 9, 2012 - 2:09AM

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