Pakistan’s President Alvi has returned the anti-corruption amendment bill to the parliament
Last year, the government passed the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Act, 2022 to limit NAB’s role in corruption cases involving more than Rs 500 crore and remove the president’s power to appoint accountable court judges. The law also reduced the four-year terms of the chairman of the NSC and the chief prosecutor of the bureau to three years.
Pakistan’s President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday returned to parliament a bill to amend anti-corruption laws, saying a similar earlier amendment had been challenged in the Supreme Court and is still pending.
The bill, titled the National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was passed by Parliament earlier this month and sent to President Alvi for assent into an Act.
The bill allows the head of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) not only to refer corruption cases involving allegations of less than Rs 500 crore to the appropriate agency, authority or department, but also to close pending inquiries and investigations.
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