NAB chairman Javed Iqbal to be given extension: Sources


ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to retain the services of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

Sources close to the matter said that the legal minds of the government have prepared a draft ordinance to give it an extension.

Sources said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over a meeting today (Tuesday) in which the proposal prepared in consultation with the federal ministers will be given final approval.

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 suggested changes in the law.

Good sources said that more than one amendment has been proposed.

The draft has been prepared keeping in view the legal implications of extending the tenure of the Chairman NAB which is due to expire this month.

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

‘PM to consider multiple names for office’

Earlier, Federal Law Minister Forough Naseem, while rejecting media reports, had clarified that his ministry had not prepared an ordinance to extend the tenure of Justice (R) Iqbal.

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 that the Prime Minister would consider more than one name for the post and “choose whomever he wants”.

Furthermore, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that the government would not consult Shahbaz Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, 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.

Opposition parties, meanwhile, have stated they will not run in the by-elections.

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