Govt not to appoint chairman NAB till approval of EB

ISLAMABAD: Government has decided not to appoint chairman NAB till the approval of Ehtesab Bill (EB) and formation of Ehtesab Commission (EC).

According to details a high level consultative meeting was held in Aiwan-e-Sadr in the perspective of situation arising out of dismissal of NAB chairman Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah and appointment of new chairman.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani attended the meeting specially before leaving for Kyrgyzstan . Law minister Babar Awan, governor Punjab Latif Khosa, presidential spokesman Farhat Ullah Babar, Syed Khurshid Shah and senator Raza Rabbani also attended the meeting.

2 diverse opinions were presented in the meeting with respect to appointment of chairman NAB. President Asif Ali Zardari was contacted by telephone at Karachi and consultation was made with him.

This was proposed in the first opinion that the decision about reappointment of Deedar Hussain Shah as chairman NAB be withdrawn.

Sources told 4 names were considered against the appointment of chairman NAB. They included one retired judge of Supreme Court, retired judge of Sindh High court and two others. However presidency did not agree with it.

Sources told a federal minister suggested during the consultations that bill in respect of new Ehtesab Bill be presented in National Assembly, NAB be abolished and chairman NAB be not appointed till the establishment of new Ehtesab Commission.

Sources disclosed president Asif Ali Zardari and prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani agreed over the proposal of the federal minister.

No contact could be made with presidential spokesman Farhat Ullah Babar when Online tried to seek his opinion.

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