NAB chairman post: Shah asks PM to respond to opposition’s choice

Opposition leader claims the premier has not conveyed his objections, if any, to Bhagwandas’ nomination.

Peer Muhammad July 14, 2013
File photo of Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah.


Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said on Saturday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not conveyed objections, if any, over the opposition’s nominee, Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas, for the office of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad by the phone from Karachi, Shah said the opposition has forwarded two names for the slot of NAB chairman, and if the government has any objection over Bhagwandas, then the opposition will forward another name. Shah said a new NAB chairman should be appointed on merit.

He also expressed his concern over the delay in convening the proposed all-parties conference (APC) to discuss the new national security policy.

He described as ‘unwise’ the PML-N government’s decision to postpone the APC which was scheduled for July 12. The meeting was called off for unknown reasons. “I’m surprised why the government has postponed the proposed APC without any justification. It will be unfortunate to delay the proposed APC over the deteriorating law and order situation in the country,” Shah added.

Some media reports suggest the APC was cancelled due to the absence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, who is in Britain for treatment of injuries he sustained in an election rally fall.

The opposition leader demanded the government expose those who leaked the Abbottabad Commission report to a foreign news network.

Commenting on the skyrocketing prices of daily-use items, Shah cited the recent figures released by the statistics division of Pakistan, which suggest an increase of around 200% in prices since the new government came into power. “Such a high rate of inflation within a short span of time is a matter of concern,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2013.