PPP wants Nadeem Afzal Gondal as new Public Accounts Committee Chairman

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is lobbying for appointing its MNA Nadeem Afzal Gondal as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in place of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

His name appeared to fill the place that fell vacant after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) important player and leader of the opposition in the National Assembly (NA), Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced to resign on Saturday, November 26.

His resignation, along with the resignations of Sherry Rehman and Shah Mehmood, is pending in the National Assembly’s speaker office and likely to be approved after Dr. Fehmida Mirza returns from United Kingdom.

Media reports quoting sources in the PPP said that the party was negotiating with the coalition parties including MQM, ANP and PML-Q over the issues and projecting Nadeem Afzal Gondal as a strong candidate for this post.

The PPP leaders also tried to convince Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) for choosing Gondal as new chairman of PAC. However, the PML-n was not contacted yet for this possible move.

According to the rules, the appointment of PAC Chairman is done through voting, however, traditionally all the concerned parties elect the head of the body through consensus. The government party usually invite opposition leader to nominate PAC’s head.

The sources stated that most of the PPP’s leaders have consensus over the name of Qamar Zaman Kaira who has experience of PAC and was also an active member of the body during previous tenure of the PPP.

However, Kaira is currently serving as a spokesperson of the party (Secretary Information), and therefore the party leaders did not want to put extra burden on him, sources added.

It is worth highlighting here that the opposition leader in the National Assembly has resigned from the post in protest against appointment of Akhtar Buland Rana as Auditor General of Pakistan. He was of the opinion that he (Buland Rana) was involved in
corruption during his previous post.

The senior PML-N leader accused the government of trying to run the PAC on political lines and does not deny that his resignation could be a build-up towards the materialization of the PML-N threat to quit the assemblies en masse.