Zardari issues amended National Accountability Ordinance

Published: October 1, 2010
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ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has issued the amended National Accountability Ordinance, under which the National Accountability Bureau  (NAB) chairman powers have been considerably reduced.

By amending article 16 of the ordinance, the NAB chairman will no longer have powers to transfer cases from one court to another. As per the new ordinance, only the government will have the authority to do so.

The government has also been given the security charge of NAB court lawyers and judges, earlier taken care of by the NAB chairman.

Other changes include the removal of Article 33 A, which allowed NAB officials to take bonuses in cash for any recoveries made.

Meanwhile, the government is yet to name the new chief of the National Accountability Bureau.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has explained that the important vacancy will be filled after consultation with the opposition.

Addressing the National Assembly, Gilani said that two of the  presidents nominees for the post were rejected, after the opposition showed reservations over them. He said talks are underway and assured the house that an agreement will be reached soon.

The Supreme Court on Thursday granted the federation 10 days for the appointment of the new NAB chairman.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Oct 1, 2010 - 3:15PM

    First government should appoint a well known and impartial person for the post of chairman NAB. Secondly NAB should be given full powers and made it an independent and free from any Government intervention.No political affiliated or biased person should be appointed in NAB. There should be a transparent mechanism to follow in appointing a Chairman or any post in NAB. A free, trusted and transparent NAB is very important for Government’s and democracy’s future.NAB officials should have a handsome pay and there should be a check and balance as well.Recommend

  • khan
    Oct 1, 2010 - 4:52PM

    Obviously Zardari by using this Ordinance has deliberately emasculated to powers of the soon-to-be appointed NAB Chairman drastically and prevent him in future from following the Supreme Court’s directives.
    Having no sense of shame or even a modicum of propriety, Zardari is hell bent on saving his own skin. What the public thinks is of no importance to him.Recommend

  • Kamran Nifasat
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:26PM

    Ordinance in democratic country. Very shameful. What a democracy, I am still laughing on their mind set.Recommend

  • Umar Farooq
    Oct 6, 2010 - 11:50AM

    Another shameless act of trying to fool the masses. The current govt set up knowns no limits to destroying any remaining system of checks and balances on corruption. So called democratic leader ruling via Presidential Ordinance….Such hypocrisy!Recommend

  • Azeem
    Oct 6, 2010 - 11:59AM

    Now the good President is free to appoint a erspected an impartial NAB Chairman as the new person will be little more than a figurehead.Recommend

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