The opposition on Thursday heaped scorn on PTI-led government for amending NAB Ordinance to extend the term of Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

The reaction comes a day after President Arif Alvi promulgated the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, under which current chairman will continue to serve until a new chairman is appointed.

People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari slammed the PTI-led government and said that the extension of the Javed Iqbal’s term is “not only illegal but has malicious intent.”

The PPP leader wrote on Twitter: “The selected government wants to continue victimisation of opposition while ensuring the PM, his family, government and cronies continue to be immune from accountability. Especially post #PandoraPapers.”

Bilawal had earlier on September 27 tweeted that PPP would “forcefully oppose” the “illegal extension” in the tenure of the NAB chief.

PML-N: Senior leader Rana Sanaullah said the party has decided to protest against the NAB Ordinance but it is divided on how to challenge it.

The former Punjab law minister said the party will also try to ensure the opposition remains on the same page over the ordinance. “We will try that the opposition stands united for this protest,” he added.


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