Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry has demanded the appointment of a new opposition leader in the National Assembly before the selection of a new chairman for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). He insisted that the appointment of the head of the anti-graft body should only be made after proper consultation with the opposition leader.
Fawad advised against consulting Raja Riaz, the current leader of the opposition and a PTI lawmaker without the required qualifications for the job. He issued a warning that the PTI would go to court if a PTI parliamentarian had been consulted about the appointment. According to Fawad, pressure to file false charges against the government’s opponents led to Aftab Sultan, the chairman of the NAB, resigning.
Additionally, he claimed that five judges involved in the Panama case had been the target of a coordinated campaign by the PML-N. Fawad emphasized that the PTI wanted to improve the country’s judicial system and urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan to pay attention to this.
PTI writes to NA speaker
In a related development, PTI sent a letter to National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf requesting to reclaim the crucial position following the resignation of the NAB head. The opposition leader must come from the same party because PTI is the largest opposition party in the national legislature, according to the Lahore High Court’s ruling, which was cited by the party.
The letter also stated that the appointment of a new chairman had to be made in accordance with NAB law following consultation between the leader of the house and the leader of the opposition. As a result, the decision to succeed Aftab Sultan as NAB chairman must be made after consulting with the new opposition leader PTI has proposed.
Regarding the PTI’s upcoming “jail bharo” (volunteer arrest) movement, Fawad made a comment and said it would begin peacefully and be a protest against inflation. According to PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhry, approximately 200 leaders and workers would turn themselves in to the authorities. Arrests would then be made in other cities after Lahore.
According to Fawad, the PTI is committed to strengthening the judiciary in the country, and the appointment of a new NAB chairman should only take place following a proper consultation with the newly nominated opposition leader.