LAHORE Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court Friday allowed time to the federal government to file by November 17, reply to the petition which has challenged appointment of Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari as Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The petition has been filed by Barrister Muhammad Javaid Iqbal Jafri interalia alleging political favouritism by President Asif Ali Zardari behind the appointment of Fasih Bukhari as NAB Chairman. He also contends that constitutional requirements relating to the appointment of NAB Chairman were not fulfilled for Fasih Bokhari as such the appointment in question is based on mala-fide intents of the government apparently to control the process of accountability in its own interests particularly in relation to the cases being investigated against the government and its bigwigs. The petitioner is aggrieved that the requirement of consulting the Chief Justice of Pakistan in the appointment of NAB Chairman has not been met while leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly has also not consented to the same and has expressed his serious reservations. He alleged allegations of corruption were on the record against Fasih, therefore, his appointment was illegal and prayed to declaring the same as void under the law. Last day, Deputy Attorney General Naseem Kashmiri appeared before the Court and said Leader of the Opposition Ch Nisar was consulted while making appointment of Bukhari as NAB Chairman but he gave his reply just by writing No Comments. Therefore the govt fulfilled all legal and constitutional requirements in the appointment of Bukhari as NAB Chairman, the law officer stressed.