ISLAMABAD - Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, has impleaded party in the case of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry's appointment as chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Major (Retd) Qamar Zaman was appointed NAB chairman on 10th October 2013. The post for NAB Chairman had been lying vacant since May 28, 2013 when the Supreme Court had termed the appointment of Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bukhari as illegal.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani heard the case. The court issued notices to secretary ministry of law and justice and asked them to file their reply within 10 days.
Aitzaz Ahsan appearing on behalf of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) central leader Khursheed Shah said Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan in his application has levelled incorrect and baseless allegations of 'muk-muka' (complicity) between Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Pakistan Peoples Party in the appointment process. He, therefore, prayed to the court to allow Khursheed Shah to become party in the case.
Aitzaz said the process of appointment of Qamar as chairman NAB was carried out in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999. He further said Khursheed consulted other opposition parties including PTI, despite no constitutional or legal requirement to consult with other opposition parties.
He said if Imran Khan takes back words against his leader then they did not have any objection on the application otherwise they be allowed to become party.
The bench inquired from Imran Khan's lawyer about the matter. Hamid Khan, counsel of Imran, replied that muk-muka is the main point in the application and it would not be deleted.
The court therefore permitted the Opposition Leader to become party in the case.
Hamid Khan informed the court that so far the federation has not submitted its reply on their petition. Upon that the court summoned the Attorney General for Pakistan. After the interval deputy attorney general informed the court that AGP has gone to Lahore.
The court questioned whether the secretary establishment or secretary law would submit reply on behalf of federation. Aitzaz said law and justice is the relevant ministry. The court then issued notice to law secretary with the direction to submit written reply within 10 days.
The hearing was adjourned till March 27, 2014.
Imran Khan moved the Supreme Court against the appointment of Qamar Zaman as chairman NAB in October last year. He in his petition prayed that the notification of Qamar be declared illegal, void, without lawful authority and of no legal effect and the office of chairman NAB be declared vacant.