ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed former Member Sindh Assembly and Justice (Rtd) Deedar Hussain Shah new Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Earlier Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentarians Affairs Babar Awan met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and finalized the name of Deedar Shah as new Chairman of NAB.
It is worth mentioning here that Deedar Shah remained for consecutive terms on the ticket of PPP and was appointed judge of SHC by late Benazir Bhutto.
However Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has rejected the appointment of former Sindh High Court Chief Justice Syed Deedar Shah as Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Chaudhry Nisar demanded the government to appoint an impartial, unbiased and neutral person as Chairman of (NAB).
Addressing a press conference at Parliament House, Ch. Nisar said Prime Minister suggested two names, Mukhtiar Janjua and Deedar Hussain Shah and both belong to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He said that Deedar Hussain Shah had remained Member of Provincial Assembly twice and in 1993 he was also appointed as judge during the PPP government.
He said consensus could not be developed on both the names, adding that we were not consulted regarding the two names.
“I have written a letter to the Prime Minister on the issue of appointment of NAB Chairman, but the government did not consider both the letters,” he added.
Nisar said that the issues which were agreed under the Charter of Democracy (CoD) have yet to materialize, adding that only 20 per cent decisions taken under CoD have been implemented. Replying to a question regarding flood tax he said neither the President nor the Prime Minister can implement taxes, rather the National Assembly is an authority to levy taxes.
He said the government should bring the matter to the Parliament and satisfy parliamentarians about the donations and assistance received so far and the amount spent so far. He said that the government should ensure transparency in disbursement of funds, adding PML-N would only support the flood tax if the government agrees to constitute a body for transparent disbursement of funds.
Referring to sacked employees bill, he said that PML-N has no objection on reinstatement of sacked employees but we wish that all those employees who were sacked during the previous governments should be reinstated across the board.
He said there were some legal obligations and complications in the bill due to which PML-N opposed it.
He said that PML-N was preparing a white paper to inform the general public that how much the economy would suffer due to the bill, adding that 21 billion will be spend on the restoration of sacked employees. He said that if the government will not review its decision PML-N will challenge the said bill in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Chaudhry Nisar said that there is no name being consulted between PML-N and PPP for the next prime minister of the country.-SANA