Khursheed Shah rules out impasse over new NAB chief’s appointment

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Friday met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to discuss the appointment of the new chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Speaking to media after his meeting with the premier, Shah ruled out any deadlock over the appointment of new NAB chief, saying they discussed the matter in a cordial atmosphere. He said that he had also placed before the PM the names proposed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The appointment of the national anti-graft watchdog has attained immense importance because of the cases it has been dealing with these days. At the last meeting, Shah had recommended three names for the next NAB chief to the prime minister.

The opposition leader proposed the names of Justice (retd) Faqeer Mohammad Khokhar, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and former secretary election commission Ishtiaq Ahmed. Whereas the prime minister had suggested the names of incumbent Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan, Justice (retd) Rehmat Jaffery, and Justice (retd) Ejaz Chaudhry for the post.

Earlier, PTI vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi had alleged that the government and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have stricken a covert deal with regard to the appointment of the new chairman of the national anti-graft watchdog.

Qureshi said that the new NAB chief would be similar to the incumbent chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry and added that incumbent Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Aftab Sultan, who had met Nawaz Sharif during his stay in London, figured on the top of the list of the names proposed for the slot.