Govt Prepares Draft For Amendment In NAB Ordinance

NAB Ordinance

The Federal govt. prepares draft for Amendment in NAB Ordinance. The proposed draft will be presented to the opposition for their input.

According to the proposed draft prepared by the government, NAB will no longer be able to look after matters under the jurisdiction of the federal and provincial regulatory bodies, nor will the affairs of the Cabinet, ECC, and Council of Common Interests come under NAB’s purview.

According to the proposed draft, there will be no tax duty matters under the purview of NAB, and NAB will not be able to investigate corruption of less than Rs 1 billion. However, all inquiries and investigations will be transferred to the concerned agencies.

The proposed draft states that the reference to the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010 will be removed from the NAB Ordinance Schedule while the trials will be transferred to the respective courts or regulatory bodies.

The draft of NAB Ordinance states that the NAB will not take action against a private official unless a government official is given a financial benefit or an asset. Wives, children, brothers, and sisters will not fall into the category of anonymous unless they are sponsored. Spouses and children should not be tax filers in person, while NAB will not be able to take action against a public official even if there is an error, wrong opinion, or decision in the procedure.

According to the proposed draft of the new NAB Amendment Ordinance, NAB will not be able to impose a ban on the property during any inquiry and the court will not issue an order without hearing the person concerned about the ban on property.

The draft states that the trial will be held in the court of the area where the crime was committed and any case will have to be decided within 30 days, after which the NAB chairman will ask the court for approval upon completion of the inquiry.

In addition, matters relating to ECNEC or federal and provincial policy-making bodies will be outside the purview of the NAB. The draft also stated that the appointment of the Prosecutor General NAB would be made in consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

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