SC office rejects Imran’s petition against NAB law tweaks | The Express Tribune

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ISLAMABAD:

The Supreme Court registrar’s office on Sunday refused to entertain Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan’s petition wherein he challenged the amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, raising five objections against it. 

The former premier had argued that tweaks to the ordinance would pave way for public office holders to get away with white-collar crimes. The constitutional petition was filed under Article 184(3) through renowned lawyer Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Nawaz Sharif in the Panamagate case.

The apex court registrar’s office in their objection stated that the petitioner had not highlighted what matter of public importance was involved regarding the enforcement of fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution so as to directly invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 184(3).

“The ingredients for involving extraordinary jurisdiction of this court under Article 184(3) of the constitution have not been satisfied,” the office stated.

The RO also objected that the petitioner had not approached the appropriate forum available under the law and had also not provided any justification for not doing so.

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Earlier, the former premier had declared his intention to challenge the amendments in the apex court and had said they were tantamount to “legitimising” corruption.

Last month, the National Assembly and the Senate passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 and the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill 2021, with a view to bringing the necessary reforms the coalition parties had promised.

The government’s decision to steer the legislation into law was vehemently condemned by Imran, who had termed it a “black day” in the country’s history, charging the “imported government” with ending accountability. He had claimed that the ruling elite would reap the biggest fruits from the tweaks.

President Arif Alvi had also sent back the bills, following which the government convened a joint sitting of the NA and Senate, which approved them. The president had again refused to sign the amended bills, terming them “regressive” and had sent them back.

However, 10 days after a joint sitting passes a bill, it is considered law even if the president refuses to give assent.

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