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MANDATE GIVEN TO THE COMMITTEE OF BUSINESSMEN BY CHAIRMAN NAB CONTRADICTORY TO NAB ORDINANCE: SAEED GHANI

KARACHI October 21: Sindh Minister for Information & Archives and Labor Saeed Ghani has said that the mandate given to the recently constituted committee comprising of the members of the business community by Chairman of National Accountability Bureau, was contradictory to the section 33-C of the NAB Ordinance. Saeed Ghani said that the section 33-C of the National Accountability Bureau's ordinance authorized chairman NAB to form various committees, but this section did not give him the power to award a mandate to a committee to decide on about who to prosecute or who to set free. The Provincial Minister for Information said that Section 33-C of NAB was a completely different section according to which any committee formed by Chairman NAB could give recommendations to Chairman NAB in relation to bringing improvements in the rules and regulations of the NAB ordinance, or suggest about means and ways for creating awareness among the general public. He said this while addressing a press conference on Monday. Saeed Ghani said that the Courts and the Pakistan Army having their own mechanism of accountability had already been exempted from investigation in the NAB ordinance, while Chairman NAB kept on ensuring the bureaucrats on daily basis to work without any fear of NAB, and today the members of business community had also been exemted from accountability through the constitution of their committee by Chairman NAB. The Provincial Minister of Information said that at present it seemed that the if the institution of National Accountability Bureau had been left with a mandate to investigate only those politicians who belong either to the Pakistan People's Party or to other opposition parties, because politicians belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf were out of the purview of National Accountability Bureau. He said that the committee of the members of business community set up by the National Accountability Bureau was illegal and aimed at controlling the businessmen. Responding to a question Saeed Ghani said that even if the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister did not like each other, they should meet because the had the positions which were constitutional. The provincial minister said that the province and the center should stay in touch with each other as if the prime minister would not meet the chief minister then he had send a letter to him for the redressal of the issues. He said that Prime Minister had come toKarachi to end internal differences within PTI. Saeed Ghani said that as the Prime Minister had also called the members of the other parties to meet, he hoped that the members of Grand Democratic Alliance would ask the Prime Minister what he had to say about MQM's proposal about article 239 of the constitution and he also expected that the members of the MQM would talk to the Prime Minister regarding Karachi's Rs 162 billion fund. The provincial minister said that the provincial government had not asked the federal government for funds as charity. He said that if the federal government did not not provide the funds of the province on time, we would question, and it was the prime minister's responsibility to call on the chief minister. Saeed Ghani said that people of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf should conduct a post mortem of Ali Zaidi's most trumpeted cleanliness campaign in Karachi. The provincial minister said the provincial government was cleaning the metropolis and it was also monitoring the performance of the Chinese company.

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