Shehzad Akbar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan for Accountability, rejected the proposed draft of the NAB Ordinance, saying that the draft circulated in the media is not correct.
In a statement, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Shehzad Akbar said that the opposition and NAB would also be consulted on the amendment to the NAB rules, so the draft could take a few days or weeks to prepare.
Shehzad Akbar said that the opposition wanted the powers of NAB to be limited and the power of arrest to be taken back from the chairman NAB but PTI believes in transparent accountability so we will not amend the rules as per against the PTI manifesto.
The Special Assistant further said that the NAB Ordinance would ensure the protection of the business community and also the protection of well-intentioned civil servants.
It may be recalled that the NAB Amendment Ordinance 2019 was enacted on December 28, 2019, which removed the NAB’s power to take action against private individuals.
The constitutional term of the NAB Amendment Ordinance was 120 days, which expired last Friday, after which the federal government decided to consult all stakeholders, including the opposition, for a new National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance.