ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has announced to continue its operation in Sindh, ignoring the provincial government’s latest legislation against the Bureau.
According to a NAB spokesman, the Bureau is not subservient to any provincial law and thus will continue its operation in Sindh as per the National Accountability Ordinance 1999. He said that besides issuing other directives to stop NAB from operating in the province, the Sindh government on Thursday also sought withdrawal of Sindh Police from provincial NAB offices.
The spokesman explained that the NAB is operating under a federal statute and thus its authority and jurisdiction could not be curtailed by a provincial law.
NAB has though avoided so far challenging the provincial government’s controversial move, it is keenly watching how the judiciary responds to the Sindh opposition’s petition challenging the new provincial law.
The provincial law twice passed by the Sindh Assembly last month to repeal the National Accountability Ordinance-1999 (NAO) in Sindh became an Act of the provincial assembly on Thursday to end the role of NAB in provincial affairs.