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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved in principle a proposal to clamp life time ban on convicts of corruption from holding any public or government office.

This was stated by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and members of law review committee at a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday.

Ishaq Dar said an amendment in article 25 (A) of NAB ordinance has been proposed to this effect and an ordinance will be issued by Saturday night, which will be applicable from Sunday. 

Finance Minister said the amendment in the NAB ordinance will be presented before the Senate on Monday and procedure of introducing it through an ordinance has been adopted in order to avoid delay.  

Ishaq Dar clarified that this amendment will not be applicable to the past cases.

Law Minister Zahid Hamid said under the proposed amendment in the NAB ordinance, discrimination between the voluntary return and the plea bargain has been ended and now the court approval will be required on the matter.

Zahid Hamid said that a twenty member parliamentary committee has also been constituted to revisit the NAB ordinance 1999 and propose amendments in it. He said the committee would hold its first meeting on Monday and elect its chairman.  

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said that the PML (N) has always remained committed to accountability. She said we want across the board accountability of all the politicians

Responding to a question about Zarb-e-Azb operation, Finance Minister said credit goes to the present government for launching anti-terror operation in areas where the previous governments failed.

He said despite increase in prices of oil in international market, the government is maintaining the prices in the country for the welfare of the masses.

To a question, Ishaq Dar said the government is also taking steps to check money laundering and tax evasion. 

Replying to a question, Ishaq Dar said that decision for the extension of military courts has not been taken so far.

He said that for this purpose, constitutional amendment is required to consider military courts as permanent courts.


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