ISLAMABAD - The federal government has appointed Justice (r) Syed Asghar Haider as Prosecutor General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after almost two months due to the interference of the Supreme Court.

The Ministry of Law and Justice on Wednesday issued a notification in this regard. The notification says: “The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to appoint Justice (r) Syed Asghar Haider as Prosecutor General Accountability, NAB with effect from the date, he assumes the charge.”

The post of NAB PGA is lying vacant since November 23, 2017 on the completion of Waqas Qadeer Dar’s three-year tenure.

NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had suggested five names, including Mudhasir Khalid Abbasi, Shah Khawar, Syed Asghar Haider, Fasihul Mulk and Nasir Saeed Sheikh for the slot. In response, the federal government had proposed three names - Waqar Mir, Ramzan Chaudhry and Najeeb Faisl - but the chairman NAB disapproved all the names.

He insisted that a name should be picked for the post from the list given by the bureau.

The SC had also taken notice of the delay in appointment of NAB PGA and sought a brief statement from the law secretary over the delay in the appointment on last Tuesday.