ISLAMABAD - While PPP-led government has thrown the ball in the court of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) for nominating any member for the slot of chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which has been headless and dysfunctional for last couple of months, the PML-N has yet to adopt any stance over this recent move.

The move was reportedly initiated by PPP by writing a letter to Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan to either reassume as chairman PAC or nominate any member of parliamentary committee from his party for this slot. Albeit the letter was written to PML(N) leader to make the parliamentary body functional with the appointment of chairman but the larger opposition party has not come up with any positive response on this matter, parliamentary sources told TheNation.

It may be mentioned here that after his resignation as PAC chairman, Ch Nisar Ali Khan had recently criticised PPP-government for not appointing chairman PAC for the last couple of months. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has ostensibly initiated this move to create image that now its up to opposition party to make functional parliamentary once again, political analysts assumed.

It is also being assumed that Public Accounts Committee (PAC) might not be functional during this tenure of incumbent government because of certain reasons. The parliamentary committee (PAC) after becoming dysfunctional smoothly disposed of the audit objections till 2007 besides approving reports for the years 1990-91, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1997-98, 2002-02, 2008-09, which had been laid in the National Assembly, and now audit paras relating to the incumbent government are first in queue to be discussed by the meeting.

Sources said that government started considering the member of PPP for the slot PAC after the resignation of the Chaudhary Nisar as chairman PAC but later the idea was dropped keeping in the violation of the Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed by Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto five years back. This clause of CoD clause says the chairmen of PAC in the national and provincial assemblies will be appointed by the leaders of opposition in these houses, as Nisar got this position due to the CoD. Sources said that after the resignation of Nisar, no requisition was submitted in the National Assembly secretariat to call the session, as it was also yet not decided to who requisition be submitted as party is headless for the last couple of months.

It would not be out of place to mention here that Ch Nisar had reportedly given two reasons for dissolution of the PAC sub-committee including appointment of Akhtar Buland Rana as Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) and non-compliance of PAC’s directives by the government.