Pak Affairs

Bill tabled in National Assembly to scrap NAB Ordinance

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani fulfilled yet another of his promises when a bill to repeal the controversial National Accountability ordinance was presented in the National Assembly on Wednesday by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan. Prime Minister Gilani in his 100 Days action plan had announced that he will do away with the NAB ordinance as it was being used for political victimization of politicians.

There is no other person better than the Prime Minister himself who knows what political vendetta is as he has remained behind bars for nearly four years at the hands of this ordinance brought about by a dictator to prolong his rule. He had time and again stated publicly and on the floor of the house that he was against this law. He had stated that there was a very thin line between accountability and revenge and vowed that he wants an end to political persecution.

The Prime Minister has always advocated political reconciliation and signing of Charter of Democracy (CoD) on May 14, 2006 in London by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was done in the same spirit. It is under the CoD that the bill to repeal the NAB was introduced in the lower house of the parliament.

The bill would be the first ever law of its kind being fully transparent as well as unbiased and free of politics. “The Bill which we are presenting today would put an end to victimization of politicians, and it would prove to be a milestone towards reconciliation,” Babar Awan said.

Criticising the previous system of accountability, the minister said it was used only to avenge politicians or to win their support. “It caused the accountability system to turn into a system of revenge,” he said.-APP

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