ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar said Sunday that the Opposition criticized the recently promulgated National Accountability (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 without having read it.
Keeping aside the Opposition’s take that the promulgation of the Ordinance has ceased the accountability process, Shahzad Akbar, joined by Minister for Communication and Postal Services Murad Saeed, told the media that eradication of corruption would remain under the jurisdiction of NAB.
They had already been directed to stop corruption and not refine the institutions.
“Committing mere procedural lapses were not enough for framing NAB cases but the accused must have gotten personal gains in it. Defence mechanism must be available to a person on NAB radar who decided anything in the good faith. A person must not be nabbed due to his decision only; there must be evidence of some benefits or kick backs through unfair means for framing the cases against him.”
He added that the government will lay the promulgated ordinance in the next sitting of National Assembly.
The government was prepared to accept positive suggestions from the Opposition no matter what way the accountability of corrupt elements is continued, he said.
The economy was in a bad state and now it was finally out of it and prospering, he added. The incumbent government was working tirelessly to make Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) an effective institution. He said that no in the government would be able to get benefits from the new NAB Ordinance.
Shahzad Akbar said matters in regards to federal or provincial taxation, levies, or imposts will not fall into the scope or NAB and such cases will be handled by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
Similarly, the bureau will not scrutinize any person or entity, or transaction in relation to, whom or which are not directly or indirectly connected with a holder of public office. NAB laws were framed in the past to save them, he said adding that the country has now come into a rising stage and institutions will be improved.
As of now, the credibility of institutions has to be restored. That is the most important after economic restoration. NAB was to be the most significant.