PM Imran Khan gives nod to ordinance for extension of NAB chairman’s tenure: sources
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has given his nod to the presidential ordinance pertaining to the extension in the tenure of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal, sources told Geo News on Tuesday.
The sources said that the presidential ordinance it is expected to be promulgated today. A meeting was chaired by the prime minister to discuss the ordinance which was drafted in consultation with federal ministers earlier today.
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. The well-placed sources said that more than one amendments have been proposed.
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.