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SC sets deadline to amend NAB law

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday warned that if the National Accountability Ordinance (NOA), 1999  is not amended until the first week of February, it will pass an order in this regard.

Headed by Sheikh Azmat Saeed, a bench of the apex court was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to sections of the NAB law that provide for a corrupt person to enter into a plea bargain with the anti-graft watchdog by voluntarily returning the illegally earned money.

Farooq H Naek informed the court that a parliamentary committee has been working on bringing amendments to the NAB law, and requested it to allow Parliament some time for the purpose instead of passing any order in this regard.

To which, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked, “It appears, now we will have to amend the NAB law.” “The UK Labour Party suspended its member of Parliament over overspeeding. What stories are you telling us?” he questioned the counsel.

He observed that crime cannot end with an administrative order.

Before wrapping up the hearing, the bench directed that the NAB law be amended until the first week of February. If the court directives are not implemented within the stipulated time, then it will decide the case, the judge warned.

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