Lawyers’ bodies vow to counter ‘black’ law aimed at extension of NAB chief

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani lawyers’ associations have declared the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance a black law.

The Pakistan Bar Council and the Supreme Court Bar Association have issued a joint statement in this regard. According to the statement, lawyers’ associations declared the NAB Amendment Ordinance a black law.

The statement said that the lawyers were disappointed with the issuance of the NAB Amendment Ordinance, adding that the change in the NAB Act through a Presidential Ordinance was tantamount to humiliating the Parliament.

The joint statement said that it was against the law to allow NAB chief continue working till the appointment of a new chairman of the NAB, adding that the amendment for a particular individual was against the law.
The Pakistan Bar Council and the Supreme Court Bar Association said that the amendment for a particular individual was not acceptable to anyone, adding that the appointment of judges on lucrative packages violated the independence of the judiciary.
The joint statement said the Pakistan Bar Council and the Supreme Court Bar Association would work together against the Draconian law.
Mian Abrar
The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He tweets as @mian_abrar and also can be reached at [email protected]

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