Dar says public servants seeking plea bargain to be barred for life

ISLAMABAD (JAN 07, 2017): Following National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s move to accept Balochistan’s former finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani and his aide’s plea bargain, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar today announced introduction of an ordinance which will impose lifetime ban on public servants involved in corruption.

Mushtaq Raisani was taken into custody on May 6, 2016 after NAB recovered sensitive documents and Rs603m in cash in a raid at his residence.

“The ordinance will impose a lifetime ban on public representatives involved in corruption if they opt for plea bargain under the NAB ordinance,” the minister told journalists in Islamabad. “The ordinance will come into force from Saturday midnight and will be implementable without delay.”

The finance minister further explained that the ordinance will be immediately introduced as the introduction of a bill in this regard could delay the matter.

“The Supreme Court had earlier sought government’s stance on plea bargain,” Dar said adding, “therefore government decided to introduce harsher punitive measures against those involved.”

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