ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari has given, in principle, approval for the abolition of the National Accountability Ordinance and its replacement with an alternative accountability law under the Charter of Democracy. The Charter of Democracy states that the politically motivated NAB will be abolished and replaced with an independent Accountability Commission whose Chairman will be appointed jointly by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition with the advice and consensus of a joint parliamentary committee. Therefore, the President on Saturday directed the Law Minister Farooq H Naek to ensure that the proposed changes in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law should seek the cabinet's approval before finalization. Only after getting cleared by the Cabinet, the amended draft law should be submitted to the Presidency for final approval. The President gave these directions while chairing a meeting wherein the Law Minister Farooq H Naek briefed him on the NAB law and the proposed amendments that require prior approval of the President under the existing state of the Constitution. The President remarked during the meeting that PPP was committed to the implementation of Charter of Democracy to amend the accountability law so that it could not be used for social and political engineering by vested interests. Giving out the history of the NAB law, Naek said it was enacted over a decade ago for the so-called accountability of corrupt elements. However, the former military rulers misused NAB Ordinance for political victimization, the Law Minister added while briefing the President. According to the Law Minister, amendments in the NAB Ordinance law could only be made with the approval of the President as the NAB Ordinance had been included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution under 17th amendment. The Schedule of the Constitution state states that the laws mentioned in it could be amended only with the approval of the President. Other than the law the Law Minister, Attorney General Sardar Muhammad Latif Khosa, Information Minister Sherry Rehman, and the officials of the relevant ministries also attended the meeting. The meeting was a follow-up of the announcement made by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in his maiden speech that the NAB would be abolished at once and the cases at the investigation stage would be shifted to the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), and others at adjudication stage to the regular courts. Development on the issue of NAB Ordinance amendments at this stage was necessitated by the often repeated demands of the Pakistan Muslim League-N for implementation of the Charter of Democracy.