The Federal Government has declared that the reports regarding providing immunity to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Chairman from being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are not true and misleading.
“There are some sections of the press that are reporting that the new CPEC Authority Bill, 2020 will provide immunity to Chairman, CPEC Authority and other officers from investigations of NAB and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), such news report is misleading,” The Ministry of Planning said in a press release.
It explained that the report probably referred to the “indemnity” clause (Section 23) of the bill, which is a standard clause in many similar laws that indemnify authorities for actions done in good faith, under the respective laws.
The indemnity clause is provided for in 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 ministry of planning has clarified it further that the clause in question was also a part of the CPEC Authority Ordinance promulgated in October 2019 and is not a new addition in any case. According to the statement, the clause is in compatibility with other similar laws. The speculation regarding this clause is therefore misplaced and unfounded.