Govt deicdes to give extension to NAB chairman: sources

  • Govt finally decides to extend tenure of NAB chief.
  • Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal’s tenure is expiring this month.
  • NAB Deputy Chairman Hussain Asghar has reportedly resigned from his post.

ISLAMABAD: A decision has been taken to give an extension to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and a draft ordinance has been prepared by the legal minds of the government, Geo News reported Tuesday, citing sources.

The sources said Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair a meeting today (Tuesday), in which final approval will be given to the proposal drafted in consultation with federal ministers.

The draft has been prepared keeping in view the legal implications linked to the extension in the NAB chairman’s tenure, which is set to expire this month.

The tenure of a NAB chairman cannot be extended under section 6(b) of the NAB Ordinance 1999.

Earlier, Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem had rejected media reports and clarified that his ministry had not drafted an ordinance to extend the tenure of Justice (retd) Iqbal as the NAB chief.

He had said that it was the prime minister’s prerogative to pick a person for the post of the head of the anti-corruption watchdog and that he could only give his advice on the issue. Naseem had said the prime minister will consider more than one name for the post and “will pick whomever he deems fit for the slot.”

Moreover, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry had said that the government will not be consulting Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif over the appointment of NAB’s next chairman.

He had termed consulting with Shahbaz over the matter akin to asking a suspect who their interrogating officer should be.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties had already announced that they will challenge the government’s move in the Supreme Court.

Law Minister Dr Farogh Nasim, Adviser to the PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan and Adviser on Interior and Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar suggested changes in the law.

According to sources privy to the matter, more than one amendments have been proposed.