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SC issues notice to federal government in NAB amendment case

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday issued a notice to the federal government apropos of Imran Khan’s plea against amendments in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law.

The former Prime Minister has asked the SC for a stay on implementation of government’s amendments in the Accountability Ordinance 2022.

A special three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial along with Justice Ijazul Haq and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah was formed to hear the petition against recent amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999.

Khawaja Haris, the counsel representing PTI, said that the new law also carries a section that bars anyone to become approver who has secured a plea bargain with the NAB.

“Are you saying that a man who secures plea bargain should be allowed to become an approver,” the CJP Umar Ata Bandial asked and further remarked that the arguments mean that it would be difficult for the prosecutor to convict a suspect.

During the hearing, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that the court would intervene in the Parliament’s matter when their action is against the Constitution.

CJP Bandial further asked how many under trial cases will get affect from the amendment.

Khawaja Haris said that he was not seeking stay on the cases but any relief through legislation should be linked with the outcome of the appeal in the apex court.

The SC issued notice to the government on linking decision of under trial case with the outcome of apex court against the NAB law and adjourned the hearing for next Friday.

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