“Wings of NAB to be clipped under new ordinance”; Akbar denies social media report

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law on Wednesday has finalized the draft of new National Accountability Ordinance (NAB) amendment ordinance. According to the new draft, government has taken back some powers of NAB Chairman including unrestrained powers to issue arrest orders. NAB also cannot declare any place as a sub-jail.

NAB’s jurisdiction over matters relating to tax duty has been curtailed and investigations and inquires which are underway will be transferred to concerned institutions. Wife, children, brother and sister will not be included in ‘unnamed category’ and children who are non-filers themselves will only be considered dependent.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar has said that no draft of new National Accountability Ordinance (NAB) ordinance has been prepared yet and the draft which is circulating on social media is incorrect.

According to media reports SAPM Shahzad Akbar denied that draft of NAB amendment ordinance was finalized and said that opposition and NAB were yet to be consulted on the ordinance as government believes in transparent accountability.

He said that the draft of amendment to the NAB Ordinance circulating on social media was not correct and every effort would be made to amend the NAB laws through Parliament.