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ACC chief: The corrupted will be arrested

  • Published at 02:42 pm August 27th, 2018
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Iqbal Mahmood
FIle photo of Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Iqbal Mahmood

He says the commission will not seek anybody’s permission to work

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will not act as a puppet and arrests will not be stopped, says its chief.

“For as long as the independent commission exists it will not be easy to get away with committing corruption,” the commission Chairman Iqbal Mahmood told reporters on Monday.

He said they will make arrests when required. 

“There will be no problem in arresting the corrupt,” Iqbal said replying to queries regarding the  “Sarkari Chakori Ain 2018” bill, approved by the Cabinet on August 20. 

The cabinet approved the bill that prohibits law enforcement from arresting government employees without prior approval. 

The ACC chief said the commission has its own laws. 

“I want to make it clear that the commission will not seek anybody’s permission to work.”

He said he learned from the newspaper that it would take time to enact the bill. 

“The bill will be tabled in parliament and there will be debates. But I think no law is made to save the corrupt people. 

“We want the honest government employees to be protected. We believe no law will be made to help the corrupt officials.” 

Iqbal said whatever law is made they hope it will be ensure the well being of the people.”

He said the corrupt officials should not rejoice at the enactment of the bill. “The commission will have no problem bringing them to justice.”

On whether the commission will face problems after the enactment of the bill, he said: “We do not want to hold talks with the government over the matter. We hope the government will not make any law to save corrupt officials. 

He said he thinks the proposed law will safeguard honest officials, not corrupt ones. 

The ACC chairman said he is unaware of the arrest provision made in the bill. “I have read conflicting information in newspapers.”