ISLAMABAD - The matter of appointment of Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) deferred as Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif rejected the name proposed by Leader of Opposition and came up with another name for the consideration of Syed Khursheed Shah.
In Friday’s meeting Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah came up with the name of Justice (Retd) Mian Mohammad Ajmal but the Prime Minister came up with an objection on the fellow, saying that at the time of clamping of emergency on November 3, 2007 when chief justice of Pakistan and 60 other judges were detained, he was federal secretary law. He instead came up with the name of Justice (Retd) Ejaz Chaudhry in the meeting with Shah with the proposal that he should be made chairman NAB.
Now Shah has sought time for examining the name proposed by the PM and despite his optimism to resolve the issue with consensus at the earliest the matter would likely face delay till the first week of October when Prime Minister would return from his US visit.
Sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed The Nation that now four names were under consideration of the PM and the Leader of Opposition but the focus was on two fresh names proposed one each by Nawaz and Shah. However, according to Shah the name of Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza Khan was intact while Prime Minister had also not withdrawn the name of Justice (Retd) Rehmat Jaffery.
So, currently the names of Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza and Justice (Retd) Mian Mohammad Ajmal are from opposition while Justice (Retd) Rehmat Jaffery and Justice (Retd) Ejaz Chaudhry are the nominees of Prime Minister for the slot of chairman NAB.
As the names of Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza Khan and Justice (Retd) Rehmat Jaffery failed to catch the consensus eye of Leader of Opposition and Prime Minister so the focus would now be on the fresh names proposed by the two. Some political and constitutional analysts commenting on the situation said that in the given situation the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry could step in the consultation process in the light of the five-member bench judgement in the former Chairman NAB Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari’s case, the proposition is not in the interest of both the PM and Leader of Opposition.
Talking to media persons after his second meeting in two days with Prime Minister, Syed Khursheed Shah said that they wanted to bring a non-controversial person to head the ace accountability department of the government so that across the board and impartial accountability could be done. To a question he said how a job, which could not be done in past three months, be done in a few days and added that they may take another few days for finalising the name for this important slot.