Pakistan

Govt to set up ‘independent’ commission to monitor accountability

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to form an ‘independent’ commission to monitor the accountability process in the country, sources said Friday.

Apparently displeased with National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) action in Punjab, the central government has decided to rein in the NAB by forming a commission for which it is likely to obtain approval from the Parliament.

Sources said that the new commission will review all affairs from registration of cases to investigation and determination of penalties.

It was further said that NAB is likely to be stripped off its plea bargain power which will be rested with the new commission.

Parliamentary political parties will be taken into confidence, added sources, and a parliamentary committee may also be formed in this regard.

The commission will be headed by a retired senior judge or a person holding good reputation and comprise of treasury and opposition members who could give a go-ahead in case of a political arrest.

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