ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Bill 2021 has been challenged in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday.
Citing various decisions taken by the Supreme Court (SC), petitioner Abdul Latif Qureshi mentioned that federal government promulgated the ordinance on October 8, 2021 and argued that reappointment of retired judges is against independence of judiciary.
The petitioner has prayed the court to nullify the October 8 ordinance.
On October 8, President Dr Arif Alvi had promulgated the ordinance, paving the way for the incumbent National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal to continue holding his post until the appointment of his successor.
The ordinance states that the president will appoint the NAB chairman in consultation with the prime minister and the Opposition leader.
In case of a failure to reach a consensus on the appointment, the matter will be sent to a 12-member parliamentary committee formed especially for the matter of the appointment.