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Opposition demands Amendments to NAB Law

According to the proposed amendments to NAB law of the opposition, the tenure of the Chairman NAB will be 3 years and non-extensible while the Chairman NAB will not have the power to arrest the accused.

The proposed amendment states that under the NAB Act, disqualification of a public official should be for 5 years instead of 10 years, if found guilty, his disqualification will be for 5 years instead of 10 years. He will remain in office till the decision is taken.

The opposition’s amendment also includes a proposal to remove the clause of the inconsistency of sources of income, according to which the NAB law will not apply to the corruption of fewer than one billion rupees.

The opposition suggests that matters of tax duties and excise will not come under the purview of the NAB. Non-filers will be considered as spouses and children under the age of 18 will be considered as dependents.

According to the amendment of the opposition, disqualification for plea bargain will be 5 years while NAB will not take action on an anonymous complaint and NAB will not take action against any advertiser in absentia.

The opposition’s proposal states that the words “assets in excess of income” will be deleted and the value of the asset will be determined from the time of its purchase while the NAB will complete the inquiry in six months and the court instead of 30 days.

According to the proposed amendment of the opposition, the chairman of NAB will submit the annual report to the parliament and the NAB law will be implemented from November 16, 1999.

On the opposition’s proposal, the government says that if the opposition approves 35 points regarding the NAB law, they cannot be discussed.

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