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150391_5214872_updates.jpgOpposition leader Khawaja Izhar Ul Hassan (left) and Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah (right). Photo: File

KARACHI: The Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Friday has called all opposition parties to mull over the bill that asks to repeal the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 Repeal Bill 2017.

The bill was passed by the Sindh Assembly amid opposition protests on July 3.

However, on July 14 Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair refused to sign the bill, sending it back to the Sindh Assembly to reconsider and discard since it is "repugnant to the provisions" of the NAO Ordinance, 1999 and the Constitution.

A delegation of opposition party members led by Khawaja Izharul Hassan is scheduled to meet the CM Sindh later in the day today.

"We will resist the bill that demands the closure of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Sindh," Hassan said in a statement.

The bill was introduced by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) just a few days after NAB announced its plans to expand the scope of its investigation against alleged corruption and irregularities in different departments of the province, particularly in Karachi.

The NAO Ordinance 1999 Repeal Bill 2017 aims to repeal the applicability of the NAO in departments and autonomous bodies controlled by the Sindh government.


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