ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Saturday contacted Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah over telephone and discussed with him about the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.
During the conversation, Ishaq Dar informed the opposition leader, who is currently in London, that the prime minister is expecting the names from him to expedite the process of appointing NAB chairman as per directives of the Supreme Court.
Khursheed Shah informed him that he would return on September 19 and efforts thereafter would be stepped up to build consensus over the matter.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had directed Ishaq Dar to contact the Opposition Leader in London and ask him to send two names for the NAB chairman.
Meanwhile, talking to a private TV channel over telephone from London, Khurshid Shah said that no agreement could have been reached with government, so far, on the NAB chairman appointment. Khurshid Shah said he would return on 19th September and would give new names to government with the consultation of his party, hoping that consensus in this regard would be evolved from 19 to 22nd September.
On the other hand, it is likely that the meeting of opposition leader and prime minister will take place next week. The name for the appointment of Chairman NAB will be sent to President Mamnoon Hussain with consensus.
Two months back in a letter, the prime minister had proposed two names-justice (retd) Rehmat Hussain Jaffrey and Khawaja Zaheer-for the office. In response, Khursheed Shah proposed justice (retd) Mamoon Qazi and justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan. However, justice (retd) Mamoon declined the offer.
Later, Khursheed proposed the name of former Chairman FPSC justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas but he too declined the offer. Nawaz and Khursheed twice met to sort out the issue and it was decided that both will forward fresh names for the post.
The government on Friday informed the court that the matter would be decided after Shah’s return from the UK.
“Appoint the chairman, otherwise be ready to face consequences in the light of a decision of a five-member bench,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had told Attorney General Munir A. Malik while hearing the NAB chairman appointment case.
The court took serious notice of the functioning of the country’s premium anti-corruption which remains paralysed because the office of its chairman has been vacant for over three months and, as a result, many important references have been shelved.
The last NAB chief, retired Admiral Fasih Bokhari, was removed by the Supreme Court on May 28 after his appointment was declared illegal.