SC orders to resolve Imran’s challenge against NAB law amendments – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s petition challenging recent amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) be submitted to an ordinary court.

At a chambers hearing of an appeal against the Vital Statistics Office’s July 1 decision to dismiss the petition, Judge Ijazul Ahsan overturned the objections and ordered the case to be fixed before a court bench. supreme magistracy for a hearing on the merits. Lead Counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed argued the appeal before the chambers judge.

The petition sought to strike down amendments made by the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Act of 2022 to be ultra vires the Constitution.

In its objection, the registry office stated that the applicant had not indicated which issues of public importance in the present case had been involved in relation to the application of any of the fundamental rights since the right of succession of the Supreme Court had been invoked directly by the applicant by Article 184, paragraph 3, of the Constitution.

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Moreover, he added, the elements required to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 184, paragraph 3, of the Constitution have not been demonstrated. Further, the petitioner has not approached other appropriate forums available under the law for the relief sought and also has provided no justification for not doing so.

In his petition, Imran Khan claimed that the amendments to the NAB Act were made to benefit influential defendants and legitimize corruption.

The coalition government led by the PML-N had introduced 27 key amendments to the NAO, but President Dr Arif Alvi did not give his assent. However, the bill was passed in a joint session of parliament and notified later.

The petition argued that the new amendments sought to eliminate corruption cases against the president, prime minister, chief ministers and cabinet ministers and offered convicted public office holders the opportunity to have their convictions overturned.

“The amendments to the NAO amount to denying Pakistani citizens access to the law to effectively interrogate their chosen representatives in the event of a breach of duty to the people of Pakistan,” the petition argued.

Additionally, the word “benamidar” has been redefined, making it difficult for the prosecution to prove that someone is the fictitious owner of a property, the motion argued.

In a related development, the SC Registrar’s Office also on Wednesday dismissed another petition filed by Imran Khan on July 4, challenging recent amendments to the Election Act 2017 and seeking a directive for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) grants the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis in general elections.

In returning the petition, the Registrar’s office said that the petitioner himself had admitted that the matter was pending in lower courts.

Posted in Dawn, July 7, 2022