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PTI challenges NAB law amendment in Pakistan's Supreme Court

Khalid Umar Malik
26 Jun 2022, 16:57 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - PTI Chairman Imran Khan filed a Supreme Court petition on Saturday challenging the government's amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance, NAO, 1999.

Under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, the former prime minister petitioned the Supreme Court.

Last month, the government passed the National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2022, in both the National Assembly and the Senate.

Even though both houses had approved the bill, President Arif Alvi returned it unsigned.

Later, on June 9, the government passed the law in a joint session of parliament, despite President Alvi's rejection due to "flaws in its implementation."

The bill, according to Khan, will "make it impossible to punish any white-collar crime committed by a public office holder."

Khan asked the Supreme Court to "decide on matters of great public importance about the enforcement of citizens' fundamental rights under the Constitution."

The former Prime Minister argued that the NAO 1999 amendments were "person-specific, and as such, it is just and fair to protect the constitutional and fundamental rights of Pakistanis."

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