Plea seeking time for NAB chairman appointment refused

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused the government’s petition seeking additional time for the appointment of a new chairman of NAB.The federal govt wanted the court to hire the deputy chairman NAB as the short-term head until a new chairman was chosen.

The court ignored the petition, indicating that the deputy chairman can only function on the post if the chairman is on leave.The additional attorney general had pleaded that the govt is presently working with country’s safety matters, and demands a few time to hire a fresh chairman.The Supreme Court invalidated ex- NAB chief, Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah’s appointment after opposition leader Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan identified that he wasn’t discussed over his selection in breach of the Constitution.

The federation’s lawyer, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, submitted for a review of the judgement barring Justice (retd) Deedar Shah for life after the govt manoeuvred to reappoint him as the chairman, but it has yet to be taken up for hearing. Abdul Hafeez Pirzada is to submit an application for an early hearing of the review petition.

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