Consensus reached over new NAB chief appointment: Khursheed Shah

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Sunday said that consensus has been formed with the government over the name for new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Speaking to media persons, Shah said the government and opposition parties have agreed on the appointment of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as the new NAB chief after the extensive discussions.

The appointment of the national anti-graft watchdog’s head had attained immense importance because of the cases it has been dealing with these days, particularly the graft references which PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and his family members are facing.

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal was among the three names recommend by the opposition leader for the post. Two others recommended for the slot were Justice (retd) Faqeer Muhammad Khokhar and former secretary election commission Ishtiaq Ahmed.

Whereas, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had suggested the names of incumbent Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan, Justice (retd) Rehmat Jaffery, and Justice (retd) Ejaz Chaudhry for the post.

Earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had rejected the six names proposed by the prime minister and the opposition leader.

PTI vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi has 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.