The federal government has rebutted the spurious reports suggesting that it has given Chairman CPEC Authority, Lt Gen retd Asim Saleem Bajwa, an immunity to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigations through the CPEC Authority Bill, 2020.
The Ministry of Planning and Development issued a clarification in this regard.
It has been reported that the new CPEC Authority Bill, 2020 will give immunity to Chairman, CPEC Authority and other officers from investigations of NAB and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), such news report is misleading.
The ministry explained that the reports are probably based on the “indemnity” clause (Section 23) of the bill, a standard clause in many similar laws, which indemnify authorities for actions done in good faith.
It noted that the clause is part of the Public Procurement Regularity Authority (PPRA) Ordinance 2002 (Section 23), Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Ordinance 2002 (Section 39), Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB) Act 2010 (Section 21), Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) Act 2010 (Section 48) and Public-Private Partnership Authority (PPPA) Act 2017 (Section 26) and similar other laws.
The press release identified that the clause was also included in the CPEC Authority Ordinance circulated in October last year, and is not a new insertion.
“It aligns with other similar laws. The speculation regarding this clause is therefore misplaced and unfounded,” the statement added.