THE ROLE OF JUDICIARY IN PAKISTAN: CASE OF NAB
The purpose of this write up is not to analyze the objectives and the features of the NAB Ordinance. This is also not a critical study of the functions and performances of the National Accountability Bureau. The purpose of this short article is to evaluate the performance of the incumbent Chairman Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry through the critical eyes of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
When General Pervaiz Musharraf seized power in October 1999 after over throwing the civilian government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, one of the first tasks that he undertook was to promulgate National Accountability Bureau Ordinance. For its intent and purpose the NAB ordinance was a remarkable piece of legislation in the law making history of Pakistan. NAB is an autonomous apex body to root out corruption from body polity of Pakistan.
However we will briefly describe the Objectives and salient Features of NAB for the digestion of our readers. The Ordinance also provides punishment for certain offences for example any person who refuses to answer questions put up by the Bureau or by the NAB Court or any person who gives false information or misleads the Bureau may be punished under the provisions of this Ordinance.