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Sindh Governor refused to sign National Accountability Ordinance Bill

15 July, 2017

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KARACHI: Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair has refused to sign the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 Repeal Bill 2017, terming it unconstitutional and in contradiction with the federal law.

The governor stated that the bill relates to subjects that fall in the concurrent list, meaning that both the province and the federation can legislate on them. However, since a federal law on the matter already exists, which the said bill wants to repeal, the federal law shall prevail, he opined. He has sent the bill back to the Sindh Assembly to reconsider and discard since it is "repugnant to the provisions" of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 and the constitution. The bill was passed by the Sindh Assembly amid opposition protests on July 3.

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