SC orders to restore graft cases against public office holders
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday declared amendments made to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws null and void, ARY News reported.
In a majority 2-1 verdict, the top court approved Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s petition challenging amendments made to the country’s accountability laws during the tenure of the previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government.
The three-member bench, headed by CJP Umar Ata Bandial, and comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ijazul Ahsan reserved the judgment on the hearing on September 5.
CJP Bandial and Justice Ahsan declared Imran s plea to be maintainable while Justice Shah disagreed with the majority verdict.
The top court also restored graft cases against public office holders that were closed down following the amendments to NAB laws.
In June 2022, the former premier had moved the apex court against amendments made to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance under the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Act 2022.
NAB law amendment
The NAB (Second Amendment) Bill 2021 states that NAB s deputy chairman, to be appointed by the federal government, would become the acting chairman of the bureau following the completion of the tenure of the chairman.
The bill has also reduced the four-year term of the NAB chairman. After approval of the law, NAB will not be able to act on federal, provincial or local tax matters.
It has also set a three-year term for the judges of the accountability courts. Under the proposed law, it has been made binding upon NAB to ensure the availability of evidence against an accused prior to his or her arrest.