Adil Chattha

Adil Chattha

The writer is a LUMS graduate and a lawyer based in Lahore. He tweets at @Madilchattha (twitter.com/Madilchattha)

Has the NAB Ordinance 2019 eased the process of accountability or hindered it?

A long overdue National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance was enacted by the government on the 27th of December, 2019.  As expected, it became the most discussed topic in the coming week. The promulgation of the ordinance was followed by a flood of misinformation regarding its contents and the nature of the amendments. The media and the opposition strongly criticised it, using a plethora of derogatory terms, none more so than the Pakistan People’s Party which termed it the “mother of all NROs” insinuating that it had essentially axed the accountability drive. On the other hand, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf ...

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PTI’s Achilles heel: The foreign funding case

The foreign funding case filed against PTI has had to circumvent several obstacles before it could be fixed for daily hearings. It overcame a number of applications and writ petitions by PTI that attempted to challenge the jurisdiction of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the nature of proceedings in general. Ironically, it was Akbar S Babar, a founding member of the PTI, who had filed the case in the ECP back in 2014. He alleged that PTI had received funding from foreign nationals and overseas companies through numerous undeclared accounts. Allegations of embezzlement and money laundering also formed ...

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