ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani President Arif Alvi rejected a bill to amend the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance on Monday, citing "flaws in its implementation."
According to a statement released on the President of Pakistan's official Twitter handle, Alvi stated that the bill was inspired by caliph "Hazrat Umar's incident" when asked about the source of extra cloth in his cloak. "In financial crimes, the onus is on the accused to provide a money trail," the statement said.
"Unfortunately, NAB's implementation had flaws." "Those in power [and] vested interests abused it for political expediency," the president said.
He also stated that the public demanded the return of the nation's looted wealth but that lengthy judicial processes and inadequate prosecution thwarted most efforts.
"Instead of improving the law to avoid miscarriage, to close loopholes, and to make it stronger, we are eroding it beyond recognition," the statement read.
According to the president, the proposed changes will "demolish accountability," creating a "facade of justice" that openly conceals a corrupt elite capture, ensuring the exploitation of the commoner in an unjust society.
Alvi said that the poor would continue to be imprisoned for minor offenses, while the corrupt rich would be free to loot and plunder.
"As a result, with deep discomfort and pain, I state that my conscience does not permit me to sign this bill," he said.