Decision to amend NAB law made to indulge bureaucrats in developmental projects: PM

Decision to amend NAB law made to indulge bureaucrats in developmental projects: PM

Islamabad (Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the amendment to the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, made in the interest of the country.


Addressed a gathering of civil servants in Islamabad, PM Khan said the bureaucracy's role in country's developmental projects was restricted due to a fear of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The premier noted that the amendment was introduced to provide relief to bureaucrats and businesspersons. “I was informed that several senior bureaucrats did not want to indulge in mega [developmental] projects as they were afraid that the NAB might start an inquiry against them,” he said.

"There was a lot of criticism, including by the opposition and it was not easy because we had to carry our party too because in a democracy you need to develop consensus within the party and its leadership," he added.

“I have informed the NAB chief as well that we have come out of a very difficult time and the economy is finally stable,” he said.

The PM said Pakistan will move forward once there was investment in the country.