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PM Imran Khan approves ordinance to extend NAB chairman’s tenure

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PM Imran Khan approves ordinance to extend NAB chairman’s tenure

A meeting was chaired to discuss the ordinance prepared in consultation with the federal ministers.
The government has reportedly decided to extend the term of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and government legal experts have drafted a ordinance.

According to Pakistani sources, the presidential decree has been adopted by Prime Minister Imran Khan and will be issued today.

The ordinance was drafted in collaboration with the federal ministers, and a meeting was convened to discuss it.

Changes in the law have been proposed by Law Minister Dr Forough Naseem, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan and Advisor on Home Affairs and Accountability Mirza Shehzad Akbar.

According to sources close to the matter, more than one amendment has been proposed.

The draft was written with the legal implications of extending the term of the NAB chairman, which is due to expire this month.

Section 6 (b) of the NAB Ordinance 1999 states that the term of the Chairman cannot be extended.

Meanwhile, NAB deputy chairman Hussain Asghar has reportedly resigned.

Federal Law Minister Forough Naseem had earlier denied the media allegations and said that his ministry had not introduced any ordinance to extend the tenure of Justice (retd) Iqbal as NAB chairman.

He had said that it was up to the Prime Minister to select a person to head the anti-corruption watchdog and that he could only give his advice on the matter. Naseem had said the prime minister would consider more than one name for the post and “choose whomever he wants.”

Moreover, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that the government would not consult opposition leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif on the appointment of the next NAB chairman.

He described the consultation with Shahbaz on the matter as tantamount to asking a suspect who his investigating officer should be.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have already announced that they will challenge the government’s move in the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have already announced that they will challenge the government’s move in the Supreme Court.

 

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