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NA committee on law and justice meets, bill regarding “whistleblower protections” discarded

Sojla Sahar

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Wednesday postponed the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 20l9 (Ordinance No XXVII of 2019) (Government Bill) at the request of the ministry till its next meeting.

The National Assembly Standing Committee was chaired by Riaz Fatyana. The meeting was attended by members/movers Lal Chand, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Kishwer Zehra, Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Sher Ali Arbab, Shunila Ruth, Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Syed Hussain Tariq, Dr Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Aliya Krmran, Amjad Ali Khan, Javed Husnain, Junaid Akbar and Minister for Law and Justice besides the Ministry of Law and Justice secretary.

In the meeting, it was decided by the committee to discard

“Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission”, Ordinance No. XXlll of 20l9. The reason stated by the committee was withdrawal by the ministry.

During the meeting, the committee also discussed the International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Ordinance No. Vl of 2020 (Government Bill). After profound and comprehensive discussion by the members of the committee it was decided that the bill should be passed by the assembly. In addition to this, the committee held in-depth discussion on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Amendment in Third Schedule) moved by Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha and in the end the committee unanimously agreed that the bill should not be passed.

Furthermore, the committee also discussed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 20l9 (Article 179) moved by Amjad Ali Khan. The committee on this bill agreed upon that opinion of all four provinces should be considered in the matter before proceeding with the bill. The bill was postponed till the next meeting. During the meeting, the committee also postponed other bills including the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 20l9 (Article 89), the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 20I9 (Article l40B), the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Amendment in Article 251) and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Amendment in Article 25A), the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 20l9 (Amendment in Article 5l), Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Amendment in Section 5) and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Article l40A) due to non-availability of movers.

Moreover, the committee also canceled the meeting scheduled to be held on October 22.

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