ISLAMABAD - On the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain has signed the summary for the appointment of Ch Qamar Zaman as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman. A formal notification in this connection would be issued in a couple of days by law ministry.
The prime minister called on the president here on Wednesday wherein host of matters came under discussion and the summary for the appointment of Ch Qamar Zaman was also signed by the latter.
As President Mamnoon was to proceed for Haj Wednesday evening so his signatures for appointment of NAB chairman were secured so he could assume the charge of his new assignment before the Eid holidays. Sources in the government informed The Nation that PM Nawaz wanted to see the new NAB chief assume charge at the earliest as delay could create problems for the government.
There was a flood of opposition from all sides against the appointment of Ch Qamar as NAB chairman and some of the opposition parties are even planning to challenge his appointment in the apex court for his cosy relations with both ruling PML-N and main opposition PPP.
The consensus between the prime minister and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed on the name of Qamaruz Zaman as NAB head caused gulf between opposition parties as they rejecting the decision blamed Shah for not taking them into confidence over his name.
Khursheed Shah, in his response, said that he had consulted opposition parties, including PTI and MQM, to share names for the NAB chairman. He said he had twice asked PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi to propose name for NAB chairman but received no response from his side. About MQM, Shah said Farooq Sattar was also asked to propose name for NAB chairman but he did not respond on time.
Prime Minister Nawaz also discussed overall political situation of the country with President Mamnoon Hussain and of course the top-level appointments in the armed forces also came under discussion, as informed by a source in the government. Both the leaders were of the view that these appointments should be made remaining within the ambit of constitution and merit and seniority would be the guideline. Later in the evening, the president along with his family left for Saudi Arabia to perform Haj.
As per the constitution, the president would approve the summary for the appointments of both Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff. The tenure of General Khalid Shameem Wyne as CJCSC expired on Tuesday and COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani replaced him as the acting CJCSC. General Kayani’s tenure as army chief will expire on November 29.