KARACHI: The Mutumiida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) has expressed concern about the proposed changes in the accountability law and hopes that it will not aim to provide assistance to corrupt elements.
Concern was expressed at a meeting of the party coordination committee held on Sunday at the temporary headquarters in the Bahadurabad area of Karachi.
Efforts to change the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, commonly known as the NAB law, are being led by law minister Dr. Farogh Nasim, who is an MQM-P senator.
The draft amendments to the law are considered an attempt by the government to reduce the powers of the National Responsibility Office to investigate citizens and private entities, as well as matters related to taxes, stock exchanges and building control.
Ask the mayor of Karachi not to surrender to fights with rivals
However, a senior MQM-P leader told him Sunrise that the party's concerns about some proposed changes in the NAB law did not mean a criticism against Dr. Nasim. "He is the minister of law and works on the directives of the prime minister," he said.
However, he did not respond if the MQM-P will oppose or support the amended bill in the National Assembly.
A press release issued after the meeting said the coordination committee held "consultations" on recent changes in NAB laws. "The committee expressed the hope that under no circumstances will relief be provided to the corrupt elements that caused losses to the public treasury."
The MQM-P also ordered the mayor of Karachi, Wasim Akhtar, not to give himself up to unnecessary fighting with his rivals and to spend his energy on addressing people's problems.
The mayor, who is also one of the party's many attendees, was recently involved in a controversy of his own creation when he appointed former mayor of Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal as & # 39; director of junk projects & # 39; for 90 days, but suspended it in less than 24 hours.
A statement issued by the MQM-P said that the mayor and other local government representatives should avoid issuing unnecessary statements and take into account "at all costs" the discipline of the party.
The party also noted a recent statement by the Mehfooz Yar Khan coordination committee member against the Minister of Law, Dr. Nasim.
Mr. Khan had recently told a television channel that Dr. Nasim was not a candidate for MQM-P in the federal cabinet and that everyone knew who he worked for.
The statement said the meeting also discussed the situation after the rains in Karachi and made several decisions.
Posted on Dawn, September 2, 2019