Mutual legal assistance law finalised

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ISLAMABAD: The government has finalised a broad based mutual legal assistance law to obtain evidence from foreign jurisdictions about financial crimes and mega corruption cases involving Pakistanis. This was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Accountability Shahzad Akbar while talking to media yesterday. He said the law will soon be placed before the cabinet and it will be brought first through an ordinance and then presented before the parliament. He said this law is more open and will empower the National Accountability Bureau and the FIA to carry out the investigations as per the international treaties. Shahzad Akbar said that a bilateral treaty is again being ratified with the Swiss authorities which will enable the country to get the details of the bank accounts opened by Pakistani nationals.

The special assistant said that Pakistan has already signed a treaty with Britain which will help speed up the investigations into different high profile asset cases. He said he is also visiting Britain next week where he will meet with his counterpart of national crime agency and also hold discussions on the pending requests for extradition including that of former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.