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PM orders expediting appointment process of NAB chairman

ISLAMABAD, Dec 04 (DNA): Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued directives
to the law minister for expediting the appointment process of the
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

The law minister has been directed by the premier to expedite the
process of appointments of the anti-corruption watchdog’s chairman.

Following the orders, the law minister started work on the summary
related to the appointment of the new NAB chairman. According to sources
the law ministry will forward a summary to President Dr Arif Alvi by
Monday.

The president will hold consultations with the prime minister and the
opposition leader under the new NAB law. President Dr Arif Alvi will
hold written consultation with the opposition leader regarding the names
of the new NAB chairman.

In October, the federal government had said that PM Imran Khan will
consult the opposition, not Shehbaz Sharif, the Opposition leader in
National Assembly, over the appointment of NAB chairman.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that PM Imran Khan will
never consult Shehbaz Sharif over the NAB chairman’s appointment and if
the opposition wanted consultation over the matter then they should
replace the incumbent opposition leader.

Naseem had seconded him, saying that when he called for consultation
with the opposition leader, it was the post he was talking about rather
than Shehbaz Sharif. “If Shehbaz Sharif has some decency left then he
should resign from his post,” the information minister said.

Farogh Naseem had said that it was unfortunate that the opposition was
doing politics on the NAB ordinance and said that the president will
consult the prime minister and opposition leader over the appointment.

“If no consensus is reached between them, the matter will then be sent
to a parliamentary committee,” he said adding the body would be formed
by the National Assembly’s speaker comprising six members each from
opposition and treasury.

He had said that they would mull over the names of the incumbent and
former chairmen of the NAB for the slot. DNA

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