Nawaz, Khursheed Shah to discuss NAB chairman's appointment soon
30 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would hold a meeting with Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah for breaking deadlock on appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman immediately after his return from US.
Sources said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar telephoned Shah from New York and told him that Nawaz wants to meet him after his return to country. The proposed meeting is likely on second or third of October.
During the last meeting between the prime minister and the opposition leader on September 21, the opposition suggested the name of justice (R) Mian Muhammad Ajmal for the post but the prime minister suggested name of justice (R) Chaudhry Ejaz Ahmad.
After the meeting, Shah told reporters he would respond after consulting legal experts and his party leadership.Sources said Nawaz rejected the name of Justice (R) Mian Muhammad Ajmal because was secretary law at the time of dismissal of judges and imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007, by former President Pervaiz Musharraf.
On the other side, Justice (R) Ejaz's name was included in those judges who were reinstated over their positions along with Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in 2009. The chief justice had appointed Justice (R) Ejaz as member of judicial commission, after his retirement on 2010.
According to PPP sources, the party would oppose nomination of Justice (R) Ejaz and insist on the nomination of Justice (R) Ajmal as Justice (R) Ajmal had refused to sign the summary regarding removal of judges, despite the fact that he was secretary law.
The sources also said that PPP was also aware of the fact that there had been relations between Justice (R) Ejaz and the ruling party. Supreme Court on September 13 observed that NAB is non-functional due to unavailability of its chairman and directed the government to appoint a chairman immediately otherwise it would have to face the music. The government sought time till September 20.
The sources said the opposition leader would also discuss issues of national interest with the prime minister including the situation that arose after All-Party Conference (APC).