Two more join race for NAB chairman's office
03 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Two more candidates have joined the race for the office of the chairman of National Accountability Bureau after agreement between the government and the opposition.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday held another round of inconclusive consultation on appointment of the NAB chairman, with a decision to meet again today (Thursday) to evolve agreement on the key post. Both sides, however, added two new names in the race for the NAB chairman's appointment. The new entrants are former bureaucrats Chaudhry Rauf and Shaukat Durrani.
After the meeting with prime minister, opposition leader Khursheed Shah denied any deal with the government on the appointment of the NAB chairman. "If the opposition had struck any deal with the government, then the appointment of NAB chief would have been made earlier," he noted and described the meeting with the prime minister as positive. He said that they discussed two new candidates for the slot. Justice (r) Ejaz Chaudhry and Justice (r) Mian Ajmal were already under consideration for the post and have now been joined by Chaudhry Rauf and Shaukat Durrani.
The opposition leader said Prime Minister Nawaz would hold consultations with his team on the four nominees in the next meeting and hoped that one name would be finalised. He said "our continued engagements clearly reflect that we are serious for the early appointment of NAB chairman". The office of NAB chief has been lying vacant since Admiral (r) Fasih Iqbal's departure on the order of the Supreme Court, which had declared his appointment void because of lack of "meaningful consultation" between the then prime minister and opposition leader.