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Supreme Court declares NAB amendments void

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Supreme Court declares NAB amendments void

Islamabad: (Suno News) The Supreme Court has declared the NAB (National Accountability Bureau) Ordinance as void.

The court has deemed the plea submitted by Chairman PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) and former Prime Minister Imran Khan admissible. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, along with Justice Aijaz-ul-Hassan and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, comprised the three-member special bench that heard Mr Khan’s request.
It should be noted that in June 2022, Mr Khan filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the amendments made to the NAB Ordinance under the National Accountability Bureau (Second Amendment) Act 2022.

During the hearings, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah repeatedly urged the Supreme Court to constitute a full court, referring to the Supreme Court’s delayed law (Practice and Procedure). However, the Chief Justice IHC opposed this and mentioned that his retirement was imminent, and this matter had been pending in the courts for a considerable time.

During one of the hearings, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah also remarked that sometimes it feels like they have tried and tested the NAB Ordinance multiple times, but no changes have emerged.

It is important to note that in June 2022, under the leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the United Opposition, significant amendments to the NAB Ordinance were introduced. However, these amendments were not approved by the President Arif Alvi. Nevertheless, the bill was passed in a joint session of Parliament, and later it was notified.

Under the approved law, NAB, whether federal, provincial, or local, was prohibited from taking action on matters related to Sections (2, 4, 5, 6, 25, 26, 14, 15, 21, 23), and other sections of the NAB Ordinance.

The changes made in the NAB law were considered contrary to the fundamental rights enshrined in Articles (9, 14, 19 A, 24, and 25) of the Constitution. The court has been requested to declare all these amendments made to the NAB law null and void.

Mr Khan’s application was initially returned by the Registrar’s Office of the Supreme Court, raising objections. However, on July 7, the Supreme Court ordered the hearing of this request and subsequently formed a three-member bench under the leadership of the Chief Justice for its hearing.

Previously, on 5th September IHC had reserved the verdict on MR Khan’s petition. Read more on it.

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