ISLAMABAD - The Senate Special Oversight Committee yesterday directed the law division to present comprehensive report on the jurisdiction of NAB and FIA so that relevant laws could be amended to avoid overlapping in the working of both institutions.

A meeting of Senate Special Oversight Committee was held at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi to discuss overlapping jurisdiction of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The committee gave the direction to the law division after the former chairman Senate and PPP lawmaker Farooq H. Naek suggested that special committee should be formed in order to repeal, amend or alter the existing NAB Ordinance and FIA Act so that the jurisdiction of both institutions could be bifurcated. “The committee should review in detail the existing laws and bifurcate the jurisdiction between FIA and NAB to eliminate overlapping,” he viewed.

The committee is seized with the matter that there was overlapping between the jurisdiction of NAB and FIA while investigating the corruption cases especially of economic and corporate crimes.

Earlier, the Law Ministry presented its interim report over the matter what it said that the report had been finalised after consulting NAB and FIA. The representatives of the law division informed the committee that FIA and NAB both expressed their contentment over the existing jurisdiction the two organisations are exercising. “The officials of FIA and NAB have told the law division that they are working smoothly and whenever any need arises the FIA refers cases to NAB and vice versa,” said an officer of law division and added: “Law Division cannot amend FIA Act as it comes under interior ministry.”

Chairman committee Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi seconded Farooq H. Naik and directed law division to come up with a comprehensive report in the next meeting so that steps can be taken to determine the jurisdiction and mandate of FIA and NAB.

Secretary Establishment Division gave a detailed insight into the Civil Services Reforms that are under consideration. He told the committee that a number of Civil Services Reforms, including declaration of assets by civil servants, conduct rules, increase in age qualification, women and minority quota for CSS are on the agenda of the reforms. He added that the report of Civil Services Reforms committee would be presented to the Oversight Committee once it would be finalised.

The officials of the Ministry of Climate Change briefed the committee regarding the functioning of the ministry. An officer said that the ministry had 195 officers and officials and had jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) after the 18th amendment. He informed that 33 per cent of ministerial documentation was done through e-filing and measures to increase the percentage were under process.