The Sindh High Court (SHC) reiterated on Tuesday its earlier interim order directing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to continue its investigations in the province despite a provincial law on the contrary.

The SHC, hearing a petition by opposition parties last week against the Sindh government’s National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 Repeal Bill 2017, had ordered NAB to continue working in the province till the petition is decided.

The court had also sought details of provincial lawmakers who voted for the bill, as well as MPAs and Sindh government officials being investigated by NAB.

Separately, the government submitted on Tuesday a plea to the three-member bench, headed by SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, requesting it to review its earlier order regarding the jurisdiction of NAB in the province.

The Sindh advocate general, in the application, stated that the Constitution aims to protect the parliamentary processes and the court cannot summon the details of the discussions within the Sindh Assembly.

Articles 69 and 127 of the Constitution provide protection to the parliamentary processes, mentioned the application.

Opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)–Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), jointly filed a petition in SHC challenging the controversial law recently enacted by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led provincial government.

On July 3, the Sindh Assembly passed the ‘anti-NAB bill’, which seeks to revoke NAB’s powers in the province. The bill was vehemently opposed by opposition members of the house. The law strips away NAB’s powers to take action against provincial government officials in Sindh.

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