ISLAMABAD: The federal government has named Lieutenant General (retd) Nazir Ahmad as the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for a three-year term.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice, the appointment was made by the federal government following a consensus reached by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Raja Riaz.
The position of NAB chairman became vacant on February 15 following the acceptance of Aftab Sultan’s resignation, according to the notification.
Lt Gen (retd) Ahmad was chosen for the position after “extensive deliberations” between the two parties.
The law ministry states that the NAB chairman would serve a “non-extendable term of three years” and is ineligible for re-appointment.
The announcement also said that the chairman could not be removed from office other than for the reasons and in the ways specified in Article 209 of the Constitution.
Resignation of Aftab Sultan
Sultan had earlier tendered his resignation as NAB chairman after allegedly refusing to “toe the line,” a decision that was applauded by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
As Judge (retd) Javed Iqbal’s term as head of the anti-graft commission expired last year, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) administration appointed him to the position on July 21, 2022, for a three-year term.
Sultan offered his resignation to PM Shehbaz, citing personal reasons, according to a statement from the PM’s Office. Sultan stated at the time of his resignation: “I was requested to perform several things that I did not find acceptable.
According to sources, Sultan has declined to detain lawmakers when ordered to do so.
They added, “He was pressured by the government and some other institutions in the last four months to file charges and arrest persons of their choosing.
In order to prevent abuse of power by the officials, Sultan, according to the source, also took away the director-general’s (DGs) ability to make arrests.