Shah says no deadlock over appointment of NAB chief

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah has rejected the reports that there is any deadlock between Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and him over the appointment of new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

In a statement issued here, Shah said that there was no deadlock over the appointment of NAB chairman with the government. He said that the process of consultation with the prime minister over the appointment of a new head of the anti-graft body was moving ahead smoothly.

He also said that it would be premature to say about rejection or acceptance of any name for the key post. He added that till now there was no deadlock between him and the prime minister in their consultation.

Shah said that some quarters gave the impression that there was a deadlock, which was nothing but an absurd joke. The veteran PPP leader said that accepting any proposed name or rejecting it was premature, adding that he would further consult with the PM over the name for the key appointment.

Earlier on Thursday, Shah had once again asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to suggest a name for the NAB chairman. While taunting the PTI, Khursheed Shah had said that “if PTI wants, we can nominate former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Ehtesab Commission director general as the NAB chairman.”

He went on to say that the PTI and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ‘betrayed’ them by dividing the opposition. Referring to the recent meetings between the PTI and MQM, a move by the two parties to replace the incumbent opposition leader in the lower house, he said that he was more than willing to leave the post if the PTI and MQM produced the required number of members before the NA speaker.