ISLAMABAD - With the process of National Accountability Bureaus (NAB) chairman’s appointment moving at a snail’s pace, the PML-N government on Thursday threw the ball in the Opposition’s court by asking to suggest two names for the coveted slot.

This development took place at an important meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah, at PM House.

Sources said the names of Sardar Raza and Rehman Hussain Jaffri came under discussion for the vacant position of NAB chief. However, the government side expressing reservations over the names, asked the opposition to suggest two names for further deliberation. Syed Khursheed Shah, sources said, is expected to bring forward two new names in this week and the prolonged issue might also be dealt before the National Assembly (NA) session, likely on Sep13.

Talking to media Khursheed Shah said PM had asked to give two names for NAB chief’s appointment. Shah also dropped a hint that some more names might come to fore after dropping the previously suggested names.

To a question about Supreme Court’s deadline for the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, he said that issue was not time bound.

“We are deliberating on it in the larger national interest of country,” he said adding, it might take more time but a suitable person should be appointed on this seat.

The meeting also discussed overall political situation of the country. Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance and Pakistan People’s Party leader Raza Rabbani were also present during the meeting, which took place to discuss names for the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

It is relevant to mention here that According to NAB Ordinance, the bureau’s chairman has to be appointed through consultation between the government and the opposition. The name of the new chairman of NAB has to be decided by the prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly. The name of Rana Bhagwandas, who had also served as FPSC chairman, had become controversial, as it had been claimed that under the FPSC laws its chairman could not hold any other government office. Two names proposed from government side are Rehmat Hussain Jaffery and Khawaja Zaheer.

Supreme Court before its Thursday’s verdict had already ordered holding of ‘meaningful’ consultation between the government and the opposition on the issue. PM Nawaz, on July 2, had sought opposition leader’s opinion in order to find a suitable person to head the country’s top accountability office.