Sindh govt appeals SHC to review order on NAB ordinance


KARACHI, Aug 22 (TNS): The Sindh government submitted on Tuesday a plea to the Sindh High Court requesting it to review earlier order regarding the jurisdiction of the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance (NAO) 1999 in the province.

The high court in its earlier ruling had ordered the NAB to continue its investigation its inquiries against provincial assembly members and bureaucrats.

In the application submitted Tuesday by Sindh Advocate General, it was stated that the Constitution aims to protect the parliamentary processes and the court cannot summon the details of the discussions within the Sindh Assembly.

The Article 69 and 127 provide protection to the parliamentary processes, mentioned the application.

Opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)–Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League–Functional (PML-F), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), jointly filed a petition in SHC challenging the controversial National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 Repeal Bill, 2017 (now Act) recently enacted by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led provincial government.

NAB is presently probing into corruption charges against over 60 bureaucrats and politicians including Law Minister Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar, MPA Faqir Dad Khoso, Sharmila Farooqi, Sharjeel Memon, former chief secretary Siddiq Memon, Aijaz Chaudhry, former Member of Board of Revenue Shazar Shamoon, Secretary Badar Jameel, Ali Ahmed Lond, Managing Director Water Board Hashim Raza Zaidi, former Education Minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq, MNA Mir Munawar Talpur, MPA Ali Mardan Shah, former administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter, and Former Chairman Inter Board Anwar Zai.