Instead of approving the NAB and Election Amendment Bills passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, President Arif Alvi directed to review them instead of approving them.
The President referred both the Bills back to the Prime Minister under Article 75 of the Constitution and asked the Parliament and its Committees / Committees to review and consider both Bills in detail, without informing the President about the legislative proposals. By doing so, Article 46 of the Constitution was violated.
The President said that both the bills were hastily passed by the National Assembly on May 26 and the Senate on May 27. Legal community and civil society should be consulted on legislation with far-reaching implications for the society.
He said that overseas Pakistanis play their role in the development and prosperity of the country through their hard earned wealth. Pakistanis can be given the right to vote.
President Arif Alawi said that the court had ruled that i-voting has been declared safe, credible and trustworthy by third parties, adding that Article 17 of the Constitution gives Pakistanis living abroad the right to vote. محفوظ 8.5 billion worth of secure transactions are made daily via the Internet worldwide.
Arif Alvi said that Pakistan’s voting machine has a complete system of paper trail, electronic voting machine helps in printing and counting of ballot papers, the results of every election in Pakistan are challenged and allegations are leveled against every government. The new amendments are tantamount to going one step further and two steps back in panic.
The President said that the amendments were tantamount to bringing unnecessary delay in the technical process of bringing transparency and improvement in the elections.
The President said that the amendment in the NAB Act has made it akin to the criminal law of 1898 by placing the burden of proof on the prosecution. Yes, amendments in NAB law will bury the process of accountability in Pakistan.
The President said that NAB amendments are also against the spirit of Islamic jurisprudence. It will be impossible to get money trail of illegal assets from NAB amendments. The accountability process should have been strengthened.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs had sent both the bills to the President for approval while these bills were passed by the National Assembly and the Senate.
The government began work on the bills being presented at a joint meeting
Meanwhile, work was started on the presentation of NAB and Election Act Bills in a joint meeting by the government. These bills will be included in the agenda of Tuesday’s joint meeting along with a discussion on the economic situation.
In this regard, the government has started consultations with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Ministry of Law. The consultation began with criticism of PTI bills and non-signing and repatriation by President Arif Ali within the stipulated 10 days.
Sources said that the bills were to be returned to the President within 10 days after review. The government has called a meeting with the President in view of the economic situation and the government did not adjourn the meeting indefinitely for the purpose of legislation.
Sources said that the government will complete the legislative process by presenting the two bills in the joint sitting of the parliament on Tuesday, June 7.