Appointment of NAB Chairman: Govt, opposition back to square one
06 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The government and opposition are back to square one position on the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah could not agree upon a name for this slot on Thursday.
Khursheed Shah, who called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Prime Minister's House, told the media that the prime minister has sought more names for the appointment.
Shah hinted at dropping the names of Justice (r) Rehmat Hussain and Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan, who are currently in the race for the office of NAB chairman. Justice (r) Rehmat Hussain's name was proposed by the government and Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan was recommended from the opposition side.
The government and opposition have already dropped the names of Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Khawja Zaheeruddin, a former bureaucrat. The PML-N government has raised objections to the name of Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan and opposition objected to the name of Justice (r) Rehmat Hussain.
Khursheed Shah said that the prime minister has sought more names from him whereas he would also forward a name to opposition leader for the NAB chief appointment.
SC gives govt a week to appoint chairman
The Supreme Court (SC) has given a week deadline to the federal government regarding appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.
The court has asked the government to appoint NAB chairman until September 13 at all cost "otherwise the issue would create complications". A three-member bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard a petition, filed by Taimur Alam.
During the hearing, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Muneer A Malik told the bench that the government understands the problems being faced by the bureau due to absence of its chief. He stated that there was a delay in the appointment's process because earlier names proposed for the office were dropped on technical reasons.
He further said that new names would be initiated soon as meetings were also being held in this regard with Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah.
The AGP said that he had discussed the matter with the authorities concerned, adding that he was informed that the government wanted early appointment of NAB chairman. The chief justice said several high-profile cases were pending in courts and the government should appoint NAB chairman as early as possible.