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NAB prosecutor general appointment: SC summons reply from govt by tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has summoned secretary law to present the summary and Prime Minister’s advice to the President before the court tomorrow in the appointment of Prosecutor General NAB case.

Additional Attorney General Rana Waqar told the three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan that the President of Pakistan had rejected the five names given by Chairman NAB. The President had nominated Waqar Hasan, Chaudhary Ramzan and Najeeb Faisal for the post. However, according to reports, taking a leaf out of the President’s book, Chairman NAB had rejected the names.

Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked that the President did not have the power to reject PM’s advice. He asked that what the legal procedure to appoint Prosecutor General was. Secretary Law told the bench that the President can appoint anyone as Prosecutor General after consultation with Chairman NAB. He further informed the bench that in the past, appointments for the post had been made after nominations from law ministry, but Chariman NAB had sent the nominations this time.

Justice Ejaz ul Hassan inquired if the President had given the reasons for rejecting the advice. Additional Attorney General informed that two of the personnel nominated were above 65 years of age. The matter seemed to have hit dead end.

Chief Justice retorted that he had used a big word. He asked what the ruling in the constitution for such a situation was and under which article the President had the power to reject PM’s advice. Rana Waqar replied that the President did not have the power to reject advice; he did, however, had the power to send the advice back for reconsideration.

Chief Justice of Pakistan inquired if the President was aware of his authorities. The appointment of Prosecutor General NAB had already been deferred many times before. Additional Prosecutor NAB said that the government had already assured SC of the appointment within one week.

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