Appointment of NAB chief challenged in LHC

Lawyer claims federal government did not consult chief justice and opposition leader while appointing new chairman.

Rana Tanveer October 10, 2010


The appointment of Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court through a petition on the grounds that it is in violation of the Constitution.

The petition was filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffery contending that the appointment of the new chairman NAB was unlawful.

In his petition, the lawyer claimed that the federal  government did not consult the chief justice of Pakistan and the opposition leader while appointing the new chairman NAB, despite the fact that it was mandatory for the federal government to do so.

The petitioner said Shah’s appointment is against the principles of merit policy as he has been chosen on a political basis for the seat of chairman NAB, by the government to protect its position in NAB cases pending before the Supreme Court. The petitioner said important corruption cases of NAB are pending before the SC against some key figures in the federal government and presidency, and the government had placed a man of its choice as chairman NAB to get rid of the cases.

The petitioner said that Shah has strong affiliations with the PPP and President Asif Ali Zardari and this link has played a major role in the appointment.

The petitioner prayed that the appointment of Shah as new chairman NAB may be declared null and void as it has been made “unlawfully and unconstitutionally”.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2010.


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T. Ali | 11 years ago | Reply For the info of Annonymous, Pakistan suffers today because of the wrong precedents that he has cited to justify the appointment of NAB chief. NAB now stand for National Anti-accountabilty Bureau. We are in a financial mess, burdenned with foreign loans, because corruption has been institutionalised and protected by the powerful elite within the civil and uniformed bureaucracy and the political parties that have abused this country for the past three decades. The choice is very clear, to stop this plunder or else become a banana republic, a failed state like Somalia, Rwanda or Afghanistan. Those who want the status quo have already written off Pakistan, having moved lock stock and barrel to foreign countries and now are here to make hay while the Sun shines. It is for the common man to make a choice, either save himself and his children by standing up for Pakistan, or else lose everything by remaining silent. Martial law is not the solution, our salvation lies in strict accountabilty and enforcement of rule of law.
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