The PML-N, as expected, has decided to challenge the appointment of Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as the new chairman of NAB in the Supreme Court.
In a high level meeting in Islamabad, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif directed the leader of the opposition, Chaudhry Nisar, to file a petition challenging the appointment. The PML-N contends that as stipulated by the 18th amendment, the government should have consulted the opposition leader before appointing the NAB chairman. Chaudhry Nisar has written a letter to the Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, in this regard.
Meanwhile, another petition was filed in the Sindh High Court challenging Deedar’s appointment on Wednesday. The petition was filed by a Karachi-based lawyer and alleges Deedar’s appointment was made without consulting the chief justice and is therefore illegal.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2010.