Abbasi, Miftah refuse to learn from new NAB regulation


PML-N leaders, former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail, on Tuesday refused to learn from the current amendments made to the nation’s accountability regulation within the LNG reference towards them.

However, different co-accused within the case sought dismissal of the reference on the idea of the National Accountability (NAO) Ordinance, 2021, compelling accountability courtroom choose Mohammad Azam to hunt a response from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the matter.

As the accused appeared earlier than the accountability courtroom, defence attorneys sought time from the choose to look at the brand new ordinance.

Barrister Qasim Abbasi and Barrister Zafarullah, who have been representing the co-accused within the reference, maintained that the amended NAO ordinance had been promulgated and they’d file a petition for his purchasers’ acquittal on its foundation.

Barrister Qasim contended that the case didn’t maintain advantage anymore below Section-B of the ordinance.

Barrister Zafarullah famous {that a} case towards former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf was filed in 2010 and he later benefitted from amendments to the regulation in 2019.

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“This case no longer falls under the ambit of NAB and accountability courts under the [new] ordinance,” he added.

“It has also exempted non-public office holders [from NAB’s jurisdiction].”

The lawyer additional identified that if a case concerned taxes, a separate tribunal shaped for this goal would look into the matter.

The NAB prosecutor argued that the exemption of cupboard affairs below the ordinance was relevant from October 6. A personal airline’s CEO, Chaudhry Aslam, pleaded with the courtroom for the elimination of his identify from the reference as he was a “private person”.

PML-N Senior Vice President Abbasi and Ismail refused to be a part of the applying filed below the brand new ordinance.

The choose sought NAB’s reply on the co-accused’s utility and adjourned the listening to until October 26.

Speaking to the media, Abbasi lashed out on the PTI-led authorities, saying that it appeared that the entire means of accountability relied on a single particular person – NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

“It seems like the NAB chairman has been appointed for life. Only time will tell what will become of this chairman and [Prime Minister] Imran Khan in future,” he added.

He maintained that the federal government was not permitting Iqbal to retire as a result of it wished to cover its corruption.

Abbasi criticised the federal government for not consulting with the opposition earlier than deciding to increase Iqbal’s tenure. As per the ordinance, Iqbal will stay in his seat until the appointment of a brand new chief of NAB. It additional acknowledged that Iqbal may be chosen as a candidate for the brand new NAB chairman slot.

The PML-N chief pledged to problem the ordinance in courts and the Senate on Friday.

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