KARACHI – Sindh Assembly has on Monday passed a bill to repeal the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 1999.
As per the bill, the Bureau has now lost all its right to take action against the provincial government’s institutions and officers.
The bill was presented by provincial law minister Zia-ul-Hassan and was passed amid a rowdy protest from the opposition benches during the session.
The passing of the bill means that NAB has lost its right to take actions against any institution which comes under Sindh government or any of its officers. NAB Sindh will only be allowed to take action against any Federal government employee.
The entire session was marred by a noisy protest from the opposition benches who chanted slogans of ‘No Corruption No’ as the bill was being passed. Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani said that he would grant everyone an equal opportunity to speak.
Zia-ul-Hassan said that NAB Ordinance was a means of intervention from the federal government in provincial matters. He said that it was disappointing that NAB court does not have bail power.
He said that Chairman NAB himself was involved in corruption and now he was in-charge of an accountability body.
"We are bringing a new anti-corruption in 30 days,” he said.
He said that the government was trying to create a provincial accountability authority which would eliminate corruption from the province.
MPA Khawaja Izhar Hassan said that he was curious as to the intentions of presenting such a bill.
"We also have lawmakers and senior politicians,” he said.