Parliamentary body split over accountability of judges, generals

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The Parliamentary Committee on National Accountability Law could not reach a consensus Wednesday on the formation of National Accountability Commission over the clauses pertaining to its imposition at the provincial level, and to bring judges and generals within its ambit.

According to Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid, the committee has agreed on large portions of the draft (for the formation of the proposed commission) but disagreement still prevails in certain areas.

“In principle, federal laws are applicable where federal and provincial laws contradict each other,” Hamid said of the disagreement, adding that the draft has been handed over to the committee members.

The minister further said that the committee members from the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will give their final nod to the proposed law after consulting their respective provincial governments.

About the accountability of judges and generals, Hamid said their accountability is a sensitive matter, and the committee members will come up with their suggestions in the next meeting after consulting their party leaderships.