Pakistan’s accountability bureau no longer needs to tell people in advance about their arrest, ruled the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, heard NAB’s appeal against the Lahore High Court verdict which had made it necessary for the bureau to tell people in advance that they will be arrested.
An examination of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, revealed that NAB can arrest any person without informing them, the court said.
The top court has ordered NAB to arrest people if it has strong evidence against them. “Needless to say, if sufficient material has been gathered to connect a person to the commission of an offense, obviously NAB can arrest such a person,” the court order says.
The court said that it expects that NAB will not misuse this power.