ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP-P) albeit has claimed to have completed the process for nominating its person for the coveted slot of Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) by the mid of this month, yet the opposition party despite facing SC’s pressure might not be able to bring forward two names by next week due to certain reasons.
PPP-P though had chalked out a strategy to give tough time to the PML-N government on different issues with the termination of much talked-about (100 days honeymoon period) but the prime minister’s smart move for seeking opposition leader’s opinion to find a suitable person has put the party in a fix.
Background interviews and discussions with PPP’s stalwart suggest that the former ruling party (PPP-P) was not expecting from government side to seek two names from opposition for the vacant slot.
The main opposition party in parliament (PPP-P), sources said, though is deliberating to select two names for the NAB chief post but it could not reach any consensus as yet. “It will be bit different for the party to give names in the short time, as still the party despite thorough discussion could not decide even one appropriate name for it,” the sources said.
The proposed names from the opposition side will further be deliberated between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leader of opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, so delay in the process now will be considered as fault from the opposition side. It is relevant to mention here that the Supreme Court (SC) has twice ordered holding of ‘meaningful’ consultations between the government and the opposition to fill the NAB chairman post. The names of Sardar Raza and Rehman Hussain Jaffri have already been dropped due to certain reservations. The name of Rana Bhagwandas, who had also served as FPSC chairman, had become controversial, as it had been claimed that under the FPSC laws its chairman could not hold any other government office.
According to the NAB Ordinance, the bureau’s chairman has to be appointed through consultation between the government and the opposition. Presently, the NAB has reportedly become non-functional in the absence of its chairman, as the officials investigating the high profile cases are waiting for further directions on the cases, which are almost completed.