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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit records of cases closed after the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 was amended.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ato Bandial, passed the order while hearing NAB’s appeal against granting bail to an accused in a corruption case. The accused were involved in the violations, as revealed by the audit of the accounts of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRC), Balochistan. During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor informed the court that after the amendment, the Quetta corruption case was out of the purview of the Bureau and the application remained inconclusive.

The Chief Prosecutor observed that no one was acquitted, but their cases were transferred. He then said that the change in the NAB law has been appealed to the apex court and the petition is pending before another SC court. The court has not yet decided the case. A three-judge bench comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s petition against amendments to the National Accountability Order (NAO), 1999, from July 2022. Justice Bandial asked; “What does NAB do with the cases that come back from accountability courts due to changes?” NAB prosecutor informed that a monitoring committee has been established for the cases returned from accountability courts, which will send the cases to the appropriate forum. Justice Bandial then ordered the NAB representative to provide records of the last six months of cases referred to other forums.


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