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KP Assembly legislates to strengthen accountability process

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Published: August 4, 2016 02:29 pm

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ISLAMABAD: Finally the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has passed the Ehtesab Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claimed to be helpful in strengthening the accountability process in the province.  

The bill on the agenda during the first sitting of 20th session of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was passed when more than 50 percent of lawmakers were present in the House along with Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and Leader of the Opposition Maulana Lutf ur Rehman .

In an interview to a private TV channel three days before, the Chairman PTI Imran Khan claimed that this bill would ensure strict accountability, transparency and good governance in the province.

As per amendments passed by the House, the KP Ehtesab Commission would investigate those cases involving financial loss, amounting to at least Rs. 50 million, to the provincial exchequer.

The matter would be inquired and investigated by the Anti-Corruption Establishment in case the amount is less than Rs 50 million. The inquiry shall be completed within a period of 60 days followed by investigation which shall be completed within 90 days, fixed for the inquiry and collection of sufficient evidence. The inquiry shall be converted into investigation with the approval of the Director General within that time frame as well.

Furthermore, where the inquiry or investigation is not completed within the required period, the Director General, on the request of the inquiry officer may extend the period of inquiry or investigation for a further period of 60 and 90 days respectively, after giving reasons in writing.

It is to mention that amendment bill was presented in the assembly in May this year and two legislators proposed amendment for consideration of a select committee headed by KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak.

Other members of the committee included provincial ministers, Inayatullah Khan, Sikandar Hayat Khan, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, Shah Farman and Dr Meher Taj Roghani, while Leader of Opposition Mualana Lutf ur Rehman, Muhammad Ali Shah Bacha and Syed Jaffar Shah represented opposition in the committee.

The Chief Minister said that this commission  is also authorized to conduct inquiry about ongoing schemes in case of any complaint regarding corruption in them.

 

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