Imran allays bureaucrats’ concerns about NAB

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Observer Report

Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured the federal secretaries to address their concerns about the amendments made in the National Accountability Bureaus law soon through legislation.
Meeting the premier after the cabinet meeting, all federal secretaries assigned Secretary Cabinet Maruf Afzal the responsibility to present the points on issues faced by the bureaucracy against NAB.
The federal secretaries noted that instead of checking corruption to improve governance, the anti-corruption watchdog had become a hindrance against better service delivery and good governance.
Earlier, the bureaucracy had expressed complete no-confidence in the NAB and its working saying, “The practice of arrest and summons on trivial grounds, aimed at humiliating well-respected civil servants, is against the principles of good governance, hence not acceptable.”
It further said, “Indiscriminate use of authority by the NAB officers by issuing summons and warrants of senior functionaries on issues related to policy formulation is completely intolerable.”
The federal secretaries added, “The need of the hour is to transform such assurances into a legal protection by making substantive amendments to the law.”