ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which met here Monday with Senator Javed Abbasi in chair, strongly criticizing the plea bargain article of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), termed it black law.
Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid on the occasion said that the government and opposition have agreed on formation of a parliamentary committee to review the NAB law. He said in this connection the opposition leader, Syed Khurshid Shah has also given names of opposition parties. He said that very soon the committee will be formed.
The NAB officials on the occasion said that they had strongly opposed the inclusion of plea bargain article in the ordinance.
The committee Chairman Senator, Javed Abbasi said that the NAB law should have been reviewed a decade ago but unfortunately no work was done in this connection.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the NAB was used against the political opponents. He said that NAB was established to eradicate corruption but it promoted and encouraged it. He said that the Balochistan finance secretary Mushtaq Raeesani embezzled billions of rupees but the NAB bargained with him.
The Deputy Chairman of NAB, Imtiaz Tajor on the occasion said that so far the NAB had revovered Rs 37.120 billion. He said that it had recovered Rs 3.5 billion from Mushtaq Raeesani besides taking 11 banglows into custody in Defence, Karachi.
Former Senate Chairman, Farooq H Naek during the meeting termed the NAB law as black, adding that it had not been presented in the parliament. He said the whole NAB law should be reviewed.