President given power to remove NAB chief

Third NAB (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated

By: 24 News      Published: 01:02 PM, 1 Nov, 2021
NAB building
NAB building

The government has promulgated another National Accountability Bureau (Amendment) Ordinance on Monday taking back the authority of removing the NAB chief from the Supreme Judicial Council and giving it to the President, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Reportedly, after the approval of President Arif Alvi, the government has promulgated the third NAB (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021. 

According to the new ordinance, the NAB will deal with the cases filed under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. The accountability courts would keep on adjudicating the references lodged under this Act. Fraud, swindling and Mudarba cases have been given back to the national anti-graft watchdog. 

The prerogative to remove the NAB chief has been taken back from the Supreme Judicial Council. Now the President will have the authority to dismiss the NAB head according to the amended ordinance. 

The old cases of fake accounts will be investigated by the NAB under the new ordinance. 

The new ordinance will be applicable from Oct 6. The money laundering and fraud cases initiated before Oct 6 will be dealt with under the previous ordinance. 

 Reporter Imanat Gishkori