ISLAMABAD:- The Federal Cabinet has approved the appointment of Aftab Sultan as the Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday.

He is a a retired bureaucrat belonged to the Police Service of Pakistan. He has also performed his duty as Director-General of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) during last government of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired the cabinet meeting via video link on Thursday. The cabinet was briefed that the appointment period of Chairman NAB has been increased to three years, which cannot be extended. The appointment of the NAB Chairman is done after consultation between the Leader of the House (Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif) and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (Raja Riaz), said in the statement issued by the government.

The position has been vacant since Justice (retd.) Javed Iqbal, the former NAB chairman, left on June 2 after lapsing the ordinance that granted him an extension till the nomination of a new chairman by the previous government led by former prime minister Imran Khan.

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