Finally, Govt, Opp agree on Qamar Zaman Chaudhry to head NAB

Finally, Govt, Opp agree on Qamar Zaman Chaudhry to head NAB

headISLAMABAD, SUKKHUR: Finally, the government and the Opposition have agreed on the name of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry for appointment as Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The name of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, who is currently serving as Secretary Interior, was finalised during a telephonic contact between Nawaz Sharif and Khurshid Shah on Tuesday.

The Opposition leader has confirmed that they have agreed upon Mr. Chaudhry to head NAB. Addressing a pres conference at the Sukkhur Airport, Khurshid Shah said that he had contacted PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Information Secretary Shireen Mazari for consultation over the appointment, but the PTI did not gave any name and even did not inform about their opinion.

Khurshid Shah hoped that Qamar Zaman would play vital role for eradication of corruption in the country. He said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had informed that there was technical problem justice (retd) Ajma Mian, Abdul Rauf Chaudhry and Shaukat Durrani to lead the institution as chairman.

He said two days ago Ishaq Dar had proposed the names of Qamar Zaman and former IG Police Javed Iqbal for the slot. He said he expressed his agreement over telephone for the appointment of Qamar Zaman as NAB chairman.

Khurshid Shah also slammed the government decision of increasing prices of electricity and petroleum products, adding that the PML-N has violated its manifesto by increasing prices of both things. He said PML-N is now asking people to swallow the bitter pill of increase in prices of petroleum products and electricity, adding that if PML-N had informed the masses during election campaign about this decision then the results of the 11 May would have been different.

khurshid Shah said that Election commission has enjoying authority to hold local bodies elections in Sindh, adding that it was up to commission to hold LB polls in Sindh in November, December or any other month.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has played vital role in the appointment of the chairman NAB as the apex court had threatened the government to be ready for facing the consequences of failure in appointing chairman NAB on 13th September.

The name of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry will be sent for appointment to President Syed Mamnoon Hussain. President will appoint the chairman NAB on the advice of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif contacted Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah over telephone and consulted chairman NAB appointment.

Prime minister and opposition leader agreed on the appointment of Qamar Zaman as the next chairman of the bureau.

Prime Minister Sharif and Khursheed Shah had held five meetings over the appointment of Chairman NAB.

Chaudhry Qamar Zaman was serving as the Interior Secretary prior to being appointed to the post. He is considered as experienced bureaucrat. Chaudhry Qamar Zaman has also served as education secretary.

Both parties have ignored the previous stance regarding the appointment of chairman NAB. PML-N was of the view that the chairman NAB should be a serving or retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. PPP was of the view that the person fulfilling the criteria of becoming the judge of the apex court should be appointed as chairman NAB. Due to these differences there was a deadlock between the PPP and PML-N regarding accountability bill and this problem could not be resolved for five years.

It is important to note that Qamar Zaman was not among the personalities being considered for the post.

Earlier, prime minister and Opposition leader were considering the names of justice (retd) Chaudhry Ejaz Ahemd, justice (retd) Ajmal Mian as probable candidates.

NAB, the country’s top anti-graft watchdog, has almost become dysfunctional after the Supreme Court dismissed the then NAB chairman, Fasih Bokhari, through its May 28 judgment.

During a previous meeting between the PM and the opposition leader, the names of Sardar Raza and Rehman Hussain Jaffri came under discussion but a consensus was not reached.

The position had fallen vacant on May 28 earlier this year after the Supreme Court had declared illegal the appointment of former National Accountability Bureau chairman Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari on a petition filed by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Last month, the apex court had noted that major operations of NAB had come to a halt in the absence of its chairman and had asked the government to make an appointment soon or be ready to face the consequences.

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