Former premier as well as PTI Chairperson Imran Khan promised to contest the recently approved National Accountability (Amendment) Bill 2022 before the Supreme Court, saying it could encourage corruption and laundering in the country.
“I will challenge the amendments to NAB law in the Supreme Court this week..this new law is disrespect to the nation and the country,” the politician said during the press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.
This month both the National Assembly and the Senate approved the election (Amendment) bill 2022 as well as the national Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill 2021 in the hope of making the needed reforms that the coalition parties had pledged.
The former premier claimed that the changes to NAB law are equivalent to granting a license to corruption and added it would favor incumbent leaders who are facing corruption charges.
“New NAB law will save Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz and corruption cases worth Rs1,100 billion will be closed down,” the official added.
He stated has weakened the power for the Anti-Corruption Watchdog, as NAB is no longer in a position to handle the cases of money laundering.
The cases of money laundering will be handled through The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that was under the Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, he added.
“This [amendments] is a bigger crime than bombarding country..those who made such amendments should be put behind bars.”
Imran stated that the move revealed the true motives of the government in power, who took over to close the corruption case. “They were not interested in public issues and they are taking the country towards destruction.”
The world will never forget both external and internal elements which “installed” the incumbent regime at the helm, he said adding that there will be a call to another demonstration against the current government.
President Arif Alvi, on Monday, declined to sign off on the amendments to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws, calling the latest law “regressive” in nature, the day after he reintroduced the bill on electoral reforms, but without passing it.
In a letter addressed to the premier in which he stated that he was convinced that the NAB law in its current form, would “promote corruption” by ensuring that the “long arm of the law” was crippled.
“It is also a message to the corrupt, who have amassed tremendous wealth, of which there is no doubt in the minds of the people of Pakistan, that they are not accountable and are free to continue to plunder,” the president stated while presenting the reasons he had for refusing to accept the bill.