The biggest opposition political parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have rebuffed the NAB amendment ordinance and confirmed that they will use all legal and parliamentary methods to resist it, claiming that it is based on deceptive motives and is an NRO introduced by Prime Minister Imran Khan to hide three years of wrongdoing.
While rejecting the NAB amendment ordinance, the PMLN stated that it is based on mala fide motives because the legislation was modified to further the objective of political retribution, which would lead to more unrest and turmoil in the nation.
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While announcing its opposition to the ordinance both inside and outside of Parliament, the PPP wondered whether there was no one else in the country who could be chosen as the head of the NAB because institutions do not require personalities.
According to PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, “the extension of 120 days to the NAB chairman through an ordinance is a question mark as the extension is being extended to the person whose performance has been questioned by the courts.”
He stated that the country understands why the PTI administration is anxious for the extension of the NAB chairman’s term and what would be accomplished as a result of the extension. He stated that the NAB chairman no longer has a moral reason to be chairman owing to his shown impartiality. “Signing an ordinance by the president for a single person would be tantamount to diminishing the dignity of the presidency,” he further added.
Further questions were asked as to whether the objective of prolonging the present chairman of NAB is to keep the scandals of BRT, LNG, Ring Road, sugar, medicine, flour, fuel, and Billion Tree in NAB’s locker?
While PMLN Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that the PMLN has clearly and unequivocally rejected the NAB amendment ordinance, describing it as an open attack on the judicial independence with a repressive black law.
Opposition political parties are on the same page to reject the latest developments regarding the NAB ordinance.