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NAB chairman’s appointment: Govt decides to consult with opposition

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government has decided to consult with the opposition regarding the appointment of national Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

According to the details, the government has decided to consult with the opposition on the issue of appointment of NAB chairman; Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan confirmed the consultations with the opposition leader.

In an exclusive interview with Dunya News, AGP Jawed Khan said that the federal government has decided to consult with the opposition regarding appointment of the NAB chairman. “The current chairman will continue to perform his duties until the appointment of the new chairman of the bureau,” he maintained.

Talking to a private TV channel, Federal Law Minister Farogh Nasim said that Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif would be consulted in the NAB amendment ordinance.

“The law says to consult opposition leader, so consultation with opposition leader is not a wrong thing. When the constitution is violated, then the issue will be formed. There is no violation of the constitution in any way. If there is a deadlock in the matter, the matter will be referred to the parliamentary committee.”

The law minister said that the new amendment being brought will not give an opportunity to the opposition to make an issue. “The word “non-extensible” is being removed in the new ordinance,” he added.

He further said that a draft of the NAB Amendment Ordinance has been prepared on the directions of the Prime Minister, adding that NAB will not deal tax cases present chairman will perform his duties until new chairman. “The tax cases will be sent to the FBR.”

On the other hand, the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had decided to extend the tenure of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.

According to details, the committee formed to mull over the amendment in the NAB ordinance has finalized a draft of recommendations for the appointment of anti-graft watchdog’s chairman.

The draft will be presented to Prime Minister Imran Khan today during an important meeting which will be attended by Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Adviser on Accountability Shahzad Akbar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and other.

After approval from the premier, the summary of the draft will be forwarded to president Arif Alvi for further process.

Earlier on Monday, the committee had met with Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan and other federal minsiters in attendance.

The committee members considered the amendment in the NAB ordinance and prepared a draft.

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