National Accountability (Amend) Ord 2021 challenged in LHC

October 10, 2021

The recently promulgated National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 has been challenged in two separate petitions in the Lahore High Court (LHC).In a recently promulgated presidential ordinance, the government amended the National Accountability Ordinance 1999, extending the tenure of the incumbent Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

The petitions, filed by advocates Ishtiaq A Chaudhry and Saeed Zafar, claim that “the National Accountability Amendment Ordinance violates the judgments of the higher judiciary.” The petitioners claimed that an ordinance could not be promulgated in the presence of the legislature because legislation was the prerogative of the legislature. The petitions asked the court to declare the ordinance unconstitutional and unlawful.They argued that a law should not be person-specific and asked the court to put the law on hold until a final decision on their petitions was made.However, the petitions were returned with objections by the LHC Registrar’s office.

President Arif Alvi had issued the NAB Amendment Ordinance 2021, paving the way for the chairman of the anti-graft watchdog to be reappointed.

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