According to sources, a decision has been made to extend the tenure of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, and a draft ordinance has been produced by the government’s legal experts.
According to reports, Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over a meeting today (Tuesday) to give final clearance to the proposal developed in collaboration with federal ministers.
Dr. Farogh Nasim, the Law Minister, Dr. Babar Awan, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs, and Mirza Shahzad Akbar, the Adviser on Interior and Accountability, all proposed modifications to the law.
Several modifications have been offered, according to the sources.
The draft was created with the legal ramifications of extending the mandate of the NAB chairman, which is scheduled to end this month.
Section 6(b) of the NAB Ordinance 1999 states that the tenure of a National Accountability Bureau chairman cannot be prolonged.
Previously, Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem refuted media claims and said his administration had not written an ordinance to extend Justice (retd) Iqbal’s tenure as NAB head.
Furthermore, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry stated that the government will not confer with National Assembly Leader Shahbaz Sharif on the selection of the NAB’s next chairman.
He has compared talking with Shahbaz to asking an accused who their questioning officer should be.
The opposition parties have already stated that they would file a Supreme Court appeal to the government’s action.