The Supreme Court, during the hearing on the petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan against the amendments in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Act, from the NAB Ordinance during his tenure. Call for the details of the acquitted and the beneficiaries now.
A 3-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial, comprising Justice Ijazul Hassan and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, passed the NAB amendments.
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that it is also a fact that 386 cases have been returned from the accountability courts after the NAB amendments.
Government lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan argued that Justice Ijazul Hasan made an observation that out of 386 cases, how many members of parliament were there, the court could also have asked that the 3 and a half year tenure of Tehreek-e-Insaaf 5 NAB ordinances were brought.
He said that the court could have asked how many NAB references were returned and how many people were acquitted under the ordinances of the Tehreek-e-Insaf era. Who is among the accused acquitted by the ordinances of Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The lawyer of the federal government said that the recent amendments in the NAB law are a continuation of the old law, the court should not limit itself to 386 NAB cases.
Chief Justice asked Makhdoom Ali Khan to tell him what questions to ask NAB, to which he replied that NAB should tell how many references were returned through PTI's ordinances.
Makhdoom Ali Khan said how many people were acquitted by NAB ordinances and how many applications for acquittal were returned by the trial court.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that Even if NAB is abolished, there are other laws to deal with crimes. It is not correct to say that those who are acquitted and transparent from NAB cases go home.
) He said that this impression is wrong that with the abolition of NAB, the grip of the law will also end. As the standard of proof in NAB cases has been changed, the question is also important that how the recent amendments can be applied retrospectively after convictions in NAB cases.
Just Q. Ijazul Hassan said that it cannot be the case that the NAB law has been amended and applied since 1985, the recent amendments in the NAB law are a great amnesty and this is a very strange thing.
He said that I also know that there are other laws besides NAB laws, if the accountability court acquits the accused, he will go home.
Justice Ejazul Hasan said that the questions asked by me during the case are of a temporary nature. Further hearing was postponed till January 19 while seeking details of the persons involved.