ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 11th Jan, 2017 ) : A Parliamentary Committee on National Accountability Law, formed to review National Accountability Ordinance and suggest amendments in it on Wednesday was elected Minister for Law and Justice, Zahid Hamid as its Chairman. The 20-member committee has been formed by Speaker National Assembly after consultations with leaders of parliamentary parties and the Senate Chairman. The committee comprises 13 members of National Assembly and seven senators.
The members include MNAs Zahid Hamid, Lt. Gen (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Anusha Rehman, Usman Ibrahim, Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari, Mahmud Bashir Virk, Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Syed Naveed Qamar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, S A Iqbal Qadri, Naeema Kishwar Khan Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, and Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao. The Senators who were included as its members were Farhatullah Babar, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Saud Majeed, Javed Abbasi, Azam Khan Swati, Barrister Ali Khan Saif, and Daud Khan Achakzai.
Responding to members who expressed concerns over promulgation of amended Ordinance on certain provisions including Voluntary Return (VR) and Plea Bargain (PB), Zahid Hamid said these two provisions were being debated recently a lot. He mentioned that during tenure of previous government, a similar committee completed around 95 per cent work on proposed amendments to bring improvement in accountability law but consensus could not be made on some certain points.
Zahid Hamid also mentioned an open letter written by Chairman Senate while issue of PB was also debated in Senate and added the government in view of circumstances issued Ordinance with amendments in VR and PB. He said the parliamentary committee has been formed to get suggestions in accountability law so as to finalize a comprehensive legal document. Zahid Hamid said the government has presented its viewpoint in shape of Ordinance, adding that "We are open to suggestions to modified the law and obviously these would be incorporated in law to make it more effective.
" Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in presence of accountability laws unfortunately "we could not control corruption". He said as a parliamentary committee has been constituted and there was no reason to issue Ordinance. Aftab Sherpao said the Committee should suggest such an accountability law which could help in curbing corruption from the country. Abdul Qadir Baloch said corruption is a very serious matter and all members in this committee should maximum contribute through their recommendations to ensure improvement in law.
Azam Swati and Muhammad Javaid Abbasi said the accountability law should have been re-visited earlier and added there was a need to bring improvement in law and all institutions should be included in accountability law. Farhat Ullah Babar termed formation of the Committee as "historical development and a unique opportunity" as members of both the Houses are representing the Body. He suggested across the board accountability must be ensured. Naeema Kishwar Khan said improvement in accountability law was in favour of the country as well as the nation.