ISLAMABAD: The Law Ministry issued the notification for the formal appointment of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry as the new Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday.
The post for NAB Chairman was lying vacant since May 28 this year when the Supreme Court had termed the appointment of Admiral (retired) Fasih Bukhari as illegal.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after consultation with Khursheed Shah, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, had earlier in October nominated Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry as new NAB chief.
“Yes, notification for the appointment of new NAB Chief [Qamar Zaman] has been issued today (Thursday),” confirmed Law Secretary Justice (retd) Raza Khan.
President Mamnoon Hussain, on advice of Premier Sharif had signed the summary for the appointment of NAB chairman on Wednesday, before departing for Saudi Arabia.
Under the NAB Ordinance, the Chairman cannot be removed from his office midway since he enjoys a tenure post of four years, from which he cannot be removed except under Article 209 through the Supreme Judicial Council.
PTI challenges appointment of new NAB chief
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has decided to challenge appointment of the new NAB Chief, giving several reasons for going to the court against Qamar Zaman.
An official statement issued on behalf of PTI by Dr Shireen Mazari stated that the appointment served to undermine the letter and spirit of the law as Qamar Zaman had applied for retirement after his announcement was made and the process was hastily completed within 24 hours.
“PTI will go to the Supreme Court against this appointment and has already directed its lawyers to prepare the case for immediate filing.”
The statement further revealed that there existed a contempt notice of the Supreme Court against Qamar Zaman (copy with PTI) which states:
“In order to meet the ends of justice, we find it necessary to issue notices under Section 17 (1) of the Contempt of Court (Ordinance V ) of 2003, to Qamar Zaman Ch, Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abdul Rauf Ch. Secretary, Establishment Division, and Khushnood Lashari, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, for willful defiance of the orders of this Court passed on 24.1.2011. This notice is still pending.”