PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to further strengthen and streamline its Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) and to make it more effective by framing new law and rules for it, by restructuring its administrative setup and by introducing other reforms in order to strengthen it on modern lines. It has also been decided to hire staff with the required qualification and experience on permanent basis in order to strengthen the investigation side of the ACE with the aim to make it a specialized unit for investigating white collar crimes. This was decided in a meeting held here on Monday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair to discuss various matters related to the strengthening of the ACE. The meeting reviewed in detail the existing legal framework, mandate, performance and administrative structure of the ACE. Besides provincial minister for Law Sultan Khan, minister for Education Akbar Ayub, Special Assistant to CM on Anti-Corruption, Shafillah Khan, Special Assistant to CM on Information, Kamran Bangash and head of Strategic Support Unit, Sahinzada Saeed, the meeting was also attended by Secretary Establishment, Secretary Law, Principal Secretary to CM, Director, ACE Usman khan and other relevant authorities. Addressing the participants of the meeting the Chief Minister termed accountability, merit and transparency as top most priority of his government and said that the ACE would be strengthened and fully empowered to have vigilant eyes on corrupt and malpractices adding that all available resources would be utilized to this end. He reiterated his resolve that anyone found involved in such practices would not be spared and dealt with iron hands. He directed the concerned authorities that no provision should be kept for any sort of plea bargaining in the new law and rules of the ACE further directing that realistic timelines should be prescribed in the new rules for the timely disposal of inquiries and complaints. >>>> ON PAGE 4
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