Islamabad: The National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday passed the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022.
It was moved by Minister of State for Law and Justice Shahadat Awan.
The bill is aimed at excluding private transactions from the scope of National Accountability. Under the amendments, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the NAB has been fixed to take only action against mega scandals.
Further, it has been proposed that supplementary references can only be filed with the permission of the court to expedite the proceedings of the court within one year.
As per the bill, the investigation officers shall not harass any person at the time of investigation or inquiry and they will confine their question relevant to the investigation or inquiry or for extracting evidence.
Under the bill, the accused must be informed whether he has been summoned in the capacity of accused or witness and information be given to him to enable him to give his evidence. Section 25 is related to protect the interest of the Government that in case persons entering into plea bargain fail to make payment, pursuant to the payment approved by the court, the plea bargain agreement will become infructuous.
The House also passed the Publication of Laws of Pakistan Amendment Bill, 2022.
The house has been adjourned to meet again on the tenth of this month.