ISLAMABAD - As the process of appointment of the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) chairman is not moving forward since long, an important parley between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshed is likely by the start of next week to resolve the issue.
The government side has finally proposed a one-point agenda meeting to choose one name, inviting Khurshed Shah to hold talk with PM Nawaz, PPP's sources shared with TheNation. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar visited Shah in his assembly chamber to convey the proposal, they said. Sources added that the PPP's leader had to go to Karachi so he could not meet with the PM during past week but now the meeting has almost been finalised. When contacted, Khursheed Shah confirmed his meeting with PM on the appointment of NAB chief is likely in next week.
"Still exact day for the meeting has not been conveyed to me but whenever it takes place, I will make effort on proposed names from our side," he said, adding that their proposed names for the slot are Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Justice (r) Sardar Raza. According to NAB Ordinance, the bureau's chairman has to be appointed through consultation between the government and the opposition. The name of the new chairman of NAB has to be decided by the prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly.
The name of Rana Bhagwandas, who had also served as FPSC chairman, has become controversial, as it has been claimed that under the FPSC laws its chairman cannot hold any other government office. Two names proposed from government side are (r) Rehmat Hussain Jaffery and Khawaja Zaheer.
Supreme Court has already ordered holding of 'meaningful' consultation between the government and the opposition on the issue. PM Nawaz, on July 2, had sought opinion of the leader of the opposition in order to find a suitable person to head the country's top accountability office.