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Is govt. going to change chairman NAB?

Another general is likely to get the top post of NAB chairman. Justice Javed Iqbal has remained the corruption watchdog chief since 2017. Soon after his posting Nawaz Sharif was convicted under corruption charges. The current NAB chairman has played important role in the arrest of Zardari and other major political leaders.

Federal government has finally decided to change Chairman National Accountability Bureau, for the new Chairman NAB, the name of Lieutenant General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua is under consideration.

According to credible sources, government has also decided to amend the NAB law and the procedure to appoint the Chairman NAB.

A draft amendment to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance has been prepared by the government which states that matters related to taxes and duties will not come under the bureau.


According to the amendment, the cases handled by the federal and provincial regulatory bodies will also not under the jurisdiction of NAB once the formal approval for changes to the law has been given.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability, Shahzad Akbar, said that the government will ensure the protection of the business community against harassment and other forms of intimidation.

He said that the opposition wanted NAB’s authorities restricted. Akbar said that as far as amendments to the NAB ordinance were concerned, the government will consult the opposition as well as the anti-graft body.

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Akbar said that the draft being shown on the media was not the correct one. “It can take some days or even weeks for the draft to be ready,” he said, adding that the draft going viral on social media was similar to the one proposed by Farooq H Naek.

He said that the opposition also wanted the authority of ordering arrests to be taken away from the chairman NAB. “We will not bring about any amendment to NAB laws which will be contrary to the PTI’s manifesto,” he said. “The government will also ensure protection for civil servants working with honest intentions.”

Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk