Karachi: Sindh chief minister approved on Tuesday the formation of a committee to probe into the “controversial steps and activities” of the Federal Investigation Agency in the province.
A statement issued by the chief minister’s spokesperson read that the Sindh chief secretary would soon issue a notification for formally constituting the committee to look into the activities of the FIA in the province. The committee will submit its report in three months.
Some time ago, interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had proposed forming a a judicial commission to investigate into the allegations of the FIA taking steps which were beyond its jurisdiction in the province.
The chief minister had accepted the offer and asked the interior minister to form the body. However, the interior minister went back on his word and told the provincial government to move the court if it had any objections or reservations over the activities of FIA in the province.
The chief minister has time and again expressed his reservations over actions of the National Accountability Bureau and the FIA in the province, maintaining that federal agencies were working beyond their mandate and against the provisions of law and the Constitution.
Shah said the two federal agencies had encroached upon the concept of provincial autonomy as enshrined in the Constitution as the provincial government, its offices, and agencies should not be subjected to unbridled probes. He equated the FIA and NAB activities and raids in the province to the invasion of Sindh.
The chief minister said Sindh would form its own accountability commission that function on the lines of a similar body operating in in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said the provincial government’s Anti-Corruption Establishment would be merged with proposed provincial accountability commission.
Source : Daily The News