Sindh PA approves anti-corruption bill 2017 amid opposition walk out

Speaking on floor of the Sind Assembly, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that Sindh Assembly has approved the bill again after the NAB nullifying bill rejected by the governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair

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Sindh PA approves anti-corruption bill 2017 amid opposition walk out

Amid a walk out staged by the opposition parties, the provincial assembly of Sindh Wednesday approved amended anti-corruption bill 2017 with majority.

Opposition parties are of the view that the said bill was repugnant to the constitution while government of Sindh was of the stance that it has the power to do so under article 140-2b and it was not the violation of the constitution.

Speaking on floor of the Sind Assembly, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that Sindh Assembly has approved the bill again after the NAB nullifying bill rejected by the governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair. It was among the powers of the Sindh government to bring alternate system of NAB, he added.

He said a committee would be constituted to appoint Head of Sindh Accountability Commission. It will be consisting of Speaker and opposition members. He made it clear that there would be no role of the government in the affairs of Chairman Accountability Commission.

CM Sindh told the house that NAB had given clean chit in Tractor scheme but huge embezzlement was proved in the scheme. Responding criticism of the opposition, he said opposition cannot use harsh words for government and the Speaker.

It is worth to mention that Law Minister Sindh Zia Lanjar had move a bill “NAB ordinance 1999 Sindh” to repeal NAB ordinance and was approved despite strong protest by the opposition. The repealing of NAB ordinance will withhold powers of taking actions against subordinate institutions and officers of Sindh government while National Accountability Bureau would be able to take action against federal institutions. On the other hand, there are certain chances that Governor Sindh will not approve the recently passed bill and a cold war between Governor Sindh and Governor House can further accelerate.

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