ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that convicts of corruption will now face disqualification for life, as the government has decided to amend the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance to close existing loopholes.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the proposal to impose a lifetime ban on convicts of corruption from holding a public or government office,” Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, along with Law Minister Zahid Hamid and Minister for IT Anusha Rehman told a news conference here on Saturday.
“An amendment in article 25 (A) of the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance has been proposed to this effect through an ordinance,” he said, adding the amendment will take effect from Sunday.
The finance minister said the amendment in the NAB ordinance will be tabled in the Senate on Monday. He, however, clarified the amendment will not be applicable to the past cases.
The Law Minister, Zahid Hamid said under the proposed amendment, discrimination between the voluntary return and the plea bargain has been ended. “Now an approval to enter into plea bargain will be required by a court of law, not by the NAB chief,” he elaborated.
Hamid said that a 20-member parliamentary committee has also been constituted to revisit the NAB Ordinance 1999 and propose its recommendations.
The committee will hold its first meeting on Monday to choose its Chairman, he added.