ISLAMABAD: The federal authorities has appointed Lieutenant Common (retd) Nazir Ahmad because the Nationwide Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) chairman for a three-year time period.
In a notification, the Ministry of Regulation and Justice stated that the appointment had been made by the federal authorities after a consensus between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief of the Opposition within the Nationwide Meeting Raja Riaz.
The submit of NAB chairman grew to become vacant on February 15 after the acceptance of the resignation tendered by Aftab Sultan, the notification stated.
After “detailed deliberations”, either side agreed on the appointment of Lt Gen (retd) Ahmad.
The NAB chairman, in line with the regulation ministry, shall maintain workplace for a “non-extendable time period of three years” and won’t be eligible for subsequent appointment.
It is usually not doable to take away the chairman from workplace besides on the grounds and within the method as supplied in Article 209 of the Structure, the notification added.
Aftab Sultan’s resignation
Earlier — in a transfer welcomed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — Sultan had tendered his resignation as NAB chairman, after reportedly refusing to “toe the road”.
He had been appointed as head of the anti-graft physique on July 21, 2022, for 3 years by the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) authorities after Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal’s tenure ended final 12 months.
Sultan, in line with a press release from the PM’s Workplace, introduced his resignation to PM Shehbaz citing private causes. On the time of his resignation, Sultan stated: “I used to be requested to do sure issues which weren’t acceptable to me.
Sources revealed that Sultan had refused to make arrests of politicians on somebody’s orders.
“He was pressurised by the federal government and another establishments within the final 4 months to register circumstances in opposition to the individuals of their selection and arrest them,” they additional stated.
Sultan, in line with the supply, had additionally withdrawn the arrest powers from NAB director-generals (DGs) to keep away from misuse of authority by the officers.