Cabinet approves NAB Amendment Ordinance through circulation summary

The cabinet has approved the draft of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance through a circulation summary, PEN reported on Wednesday.

It will likely be forwarded to President Arif Alvi today (Wednesday) for approval.

The proposed draft includes a provision to retain the current NAB chairman until a new chairman is appointed. It also includes a provision to consult the Leader of the Opposition on the appointment of the NAB chairman.

NAB chief’s extension

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government decided to extend the tenure of the incumbent National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman former Justice Javed Iqbal till a new successor is appointed.

For this purpose, a summary was prepared for the promulgation of an ordinance for extending the tenure of the NAB chief.

The current NAB Chairman Justice Iqbal was appointed on October 8, 2017, following a consensus between the then PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah.

The incumbent chairman NAB is completing his four-year term on October 8. However, the prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif did not hold a consultation to pick his successor.