Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Seeking response from the federal government on Imran Khan’s request against NAB amendments

The Supreme Court has sought response from the federal government on the petition of Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan against the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) amendments.

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Umar Atta Bandyal said that his personal opinion is that the matter will go back to the Parliament, NAB cannot issue a ban on the law.

The Chief Justice addressed Shah Mehmood Qureshi and asked why he was not present at the time of NAB legislation? There is a proposal hidden in our questions, consider it for the sake of the people, clapping is not done with one hand, there is no alternative forum of Parliament, if the Parliament works, then the country will work.

A hearing was held in the Supreme Court on the petition of Chairman PTI Imran Khan against the NAB amendments. A 3-member special bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan conducted the hearing. Justice Ejazul Hassan and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah are part of the special bench.

During the hearing, Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan’s lawyer Khawaja Haris said that the NAB amendments are in conflict with the decisions of the Supreme Court and the basic structure of the Constitution.

On this, the Chief Justice said that the NAB law has also created obstacles in many cases, especially the bureaucracy has had a big impact of the NAB law.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, a member of the bench, said that it should also be examined whether NAB is used for political engineering or not, every government uses NAB against its opposition.

Lawyer Khawaja Haris said that NAB amendments will benefit benami or fake account holders, accountability courts can no longer accept information from abroad as evidence.

A member of the bench, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, said that transferring money abroad was not a crime, it would be a crime to prove that assets were created from the transferred money, only the President had token resistance by not approving the amendments.

Justice Ejazul Hassan addressed Shah Mehmood Qureshi and said that as the elected representatives of the people, take up the NAB amendments in the Parliament, why did you not represent 40% of the people in the Parliament against the NAB amendments?

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that despite being aware of the seriousness of the NAB amendments, you walked out of the assembly, does the petitioner’s right become a claim in this situation?

The court adjourned the hearing till July 29 by issuing notices to the federal government, attorney general and NAB.

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