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Imran files amended petition in SC against NAB chairman

05 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has filed an amended petition in the Supreme Court against the appointment of the National Accountability Bureau Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in the light of the apex court's judgement in the NICL scandal case.

Earlier, on October 29, the PTI chairman, through his counsel Hamid Khan, had moved a petition in the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the constitution against the appointment of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry as NAB chairman, saying that the appointment is the result of muk muka between the PPPP and PML-N. On December 2, the court allowed Imran Khan's counsel to withdraw the petition because he wanted some amendments to it in light of the Supreme Court's judgement in the Rs 6 billion NICL scam until December 10.

Attaching the Supreme Court's November 22 judgement in the NICL case along with the amended petition, the PTI chairman stated that it was observed in the judgement that respondent No 2 (NAB chairman) was required to be dealt with under Section 9(a) (vi) of the NAB Ordinance in view of his conduct regarding the appointment of Ayaz Niazi.

"Respondent No 2 was also found liable for contempt under section 17(1) of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 and the charge was directed to be framed against him. It is submitted that in view of this subsequent development this honourable court directed the petitioner to bring these facts on the record. It is submitted that in view (of) these observations it was not in fitness of the things to appoint such a person as chairman of NAB", it added.

The petition questioned whether in view of the court's observations in its judgement dated 22.11.2013, wherein respondent No 2 (NAB chairman) was required to be dealt with under section 9(a) (vi) of the NAB Ordinance also he has been found liable for contempt under section 17(1) of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 and the charge was directed to be framed against him, whether it was it in fitness of the things to appoint such a person as chairman of NAB.

The PTI chairman has contended that the appointment of chairman NAB is illegal and without justification and against the provision of section 6 of the NAB Ordinance 1999 and the consultation over that slot was malafide, a fraud upon the law and the constitution.

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