Govt wants across the board ac­count­abil­ity: Per­vaiz Rashid

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion, Broad­cast­ing and Na­tional Her­itage, Sen­a­tor Per­vaiz Rashid on Thurs­day in­formed the Na­tional Assem­bly that the gov­ern­ment wanted ac­count­abil­ity in which no cor­rupt el­e­ments could be spared.

"We want such an ac­count­ably where no one could dis­grace the innocents while cor­rupt el­e­ments could not be spared," he said while re­spond­ing to a mo­tion, moved by the PPP mem­ber Im­ran Khan Za­far Leghari re­gard­ing the per­for­mance of Na­tional Ac­count­ably Bureau (NAB). He said that it was need of the hour to make ac­count­abil­ity process more trans­par­ent and added sug­ges­tions from the Op­po­si­tion would be wel­comed to fur­ther im­prove the sys­tem.

He said that chair­man of the NAB had been ap­pointed with the con­sul­ta­tion of Op­po­si­tion. The Min­is­ter said the Chair­man NAB had also ad­mit­ted that there was a need to im­prove the ac­count­abil­ity sys­tem, adding that com­plaints against his depart­ment em­ploy­ees should be ad­dressed.

He said that the points raised by the Op­po­si­tion mem­bers re­quired proper at­ten­tion. He said Mir Za­farul­lah Khan Ja­mali had rightly pointed out that ev­ery one should check their ap­proach. Per­vaiz Rashid said that gov­ern­ment of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa had mod­i­fied ac­count­ably laws and now peo­ple had raised fin­gers to­ward them. He said that no doubt ac­count­ably process had been used as tool to vic­tim­ize the op­po­nent but the sys­tem had also de­liv­ered to some ex­tent."We have a his­tory of good and bad ac­count­abil­ity as well," he added.

Ear­lier, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the dis­cus­sion on a mat­ter of ur­gent pub­lic im­por­tance, MNA Im­ran Leghari said there should be ac­count­abil­ity of cor­rupt per­sons. He said that from 1947 to 1997, there was no in­sti­tu­tion of ac­count­abil­ity in the coun­try but the ra­tio of cor­rup­tion was also low dur­ing this era. MNA Mu­rad Saeed said that there is a dire need of re­forms in the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB). He said NAB should stop the process of pre-bar­gain­ing and its crack­downs should be trans­par­ent. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Mir Za­farul­lah Khan Ja­mali said that the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party had made 25 cases against Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif.

He said that crit­i­cism is right to ev­ery­one but they should com­pare it with their ten­ure of gov­ern­ment. He said that cor­rup­tion could not be elim­i­nated but it cane be re­duce to min­i­mum level.

Ear­lier, open­ing dis­cus­sion on per­for­mance of NAB, Im­ran Za­far Leghari of Pak­istan Peo­ples Party said that the dic­ta­tor had set up NAB in 2002 only to change loy­alty of some politi­cians. Terming the NAB or­di­nance black law, he said it was set up for po­lit­i­cal vic­tim­iza­tion. He urged the politi­cians to join hands against this evil act. He al­leged that NAB was creat­ing hitches in way of the gov­ern­ment. Crit­i­ciz­ing, the NAB Chair­man's pow­ers, he said un­der the ex­ist­ing laws, the Chair­man NAB and In­ves­tiga­tive of­fi­cers ( IOs) en­joyed un­lim­ited power. "Who will en­sure their ac­count­abil­ity," he ob­served.

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