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>THE law adviser today said the government will form a National Security Council to make decisions on security matters “not only regarding law and order but also about other national crises like disasters and food security issues”.
AF Hassan Ariff during his weekly press briefing also said the government will form a truth and accountability commission within a month.
Talking about the proposed National Security Council, he said the home ministry was asked to prepare a draft of the ordinance.
He said the security council is now being discussed and its shape and jurisdiction have not been finalised yet.
Headed by the president, the security council will have representatives from all stakeholder groups involved in state affairs including the prime minister, leader of the opposition in parliament and heads of three services.
Once finalised, the security council will make recommendations to deal with any national security issues like law and order, disaster management, food security etc, he said.
Replying to a query, the law adviser said the council will look to address management inadequacies in different sectors.
Hassan Ariff said the government will form the truth and accountability commission within a month to enable corruption suspects confess their crimes to the commission and avoid trial by giving their ill-gotten assets to the state exchequer.
“The commission can be termed Accountability Commission,” the adviser told reporters while talking on the nature of the commission.
Replying to a query, he said the law will have no scope for discrimination against anyone, adding, “If there is any loophole that may lead to such discriminations, it will be streamlined during vetting at the law ministry.”
Without giving details, he said the draft of an ordinance on the commission is being prepared examining the rules of similar commissions established in other countries.
On March 9, a high-level government meeting chaired by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed approved in principle two proposals for establishment of the much-talked-about truth and accountability commission and the National Security Council.
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