Imran Khan approaches Supreme Court over NAB Amendment Act
- The President of the PTI files a petition under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution.
- The petition states that the bill will “virtually eliminate white collar crime by a public office holder.”
- He argues that the 1999 NAO changes were “individual specific”.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday challenged amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 by the government in the Supreme Court.
The former Prime Minister filed a petition with the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.
Last month, the government passed the National Accountability (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the National Assembly and the Senate. The NAB bill formulated a post-retirement procedure for its president, among other changes.
However, President Arif Alvi returned the bill unsigned even after it was approved by both houses.
Later, on June 9, the government passed the law in the joint session of parliament, but it was rejected by President Alvi due to “flaws in its implementation”. But the amendments were made into law because the bill was passed by a joint session and if the president does not give his assent, the bill is made into law within 10 days.
In his petition, the PTI president said the amendment removed the power to appoint a president from NAB and gave responsibility to the current government who “shall maneuver through the majority of public office holders to assume control and influence the impartiality of the NAB President.”
Furthermore, he specifies that the bill will “virtually eliminate all white-collar crime committed by a public office holder”.
Khan asked the Supreme Court to “decide on matters of great public importance concerning the application of fundamental rights of citizens under Articles 9, 14, 19A, 24 and 25 of the Constitution.
The former prime minister argued that the changes made in the 1999 NAO were “person specific and as such it is fair and just to protect the constitutional and fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan”.
He further said: “The NAB may be asked to provide particulars of any such cases which relate to prominent and influential holders of public office, particularly in relation to cases relating to offenses of possession of property (movable and immovable) without resources.”