ISLAMABAD - AMIR JALIL BOBRA and ABRAR SAEED  - The two new nominees for the appointment of chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were also involved in the illegal appointments of former chairman and member gas of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), sources told The Nation on Wednesday.

According to details, Abdul Rauf Chaudhary, former secretary cabinet, was involved in illegal appointment of Mansoor Muzzaffar, former member gas OGRA, and the second nominee Shaukat Durrani was member of the selection committee for the selection of Tauqir Sadiq, former chairman OGRA, the sources added. Interestingly, both new nominees were included in the list of co-accused in illegal appointments as during interrogation and investigation in July this year, the principal accused of OGRA multibillion scam Tauqir Sadiq pointed out that appointment of member gas Mansoor Muzafar was illegal, the sources added.

Shaukat Durrani was co-accused in the illegal appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as he was then member selection committee that was headed by the former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, the sources added.

The nominee Shauakat Durrani had appeared before NAB investigation team and had recorded his statement regarding his role in selection committee, the sources said. The investigations of illegal appointment of former chairman OGRA Tauqir Sadiq has been completed and forwarded to NAB headquarter for filing reference in accountability court against more that 10 accused including bureaucrats and politicians who were involved in breaching the fixed criteria for the appointment of OGRA chief, the sources added.

Earlier the NAB arrested former additional secretary Sikandar Hyat Makin in the instant case. Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench has already dismissed his post-arrest bail and presently it is pending adjudication at appeal level in the apex court of Pakistan, the sources revealed. The apex court has already extended date in many cases of NAB just due to non-availability of Chairman NAB, the sources added.

Abdul Rauf Chaudhary was not available for comments despite repeated attempts made by this scribe on his available cell number 0334-5388836.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf and Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, once again, failed to break impasse on finalisation of consensus candidate for Chairman NAB and both leaders would meet again today (Thursday) to evolve consensus.

Besides the names of Justice (Retd) Itaz Chaudhry and Justice (Retd) Mian Mohammad Ajmal, two fresh names — Chaudhry Rauf and former bureaucrat Shaukat Durrani — were floated by them and both have agreed to meet again today in a bid to evolve consensus on any of these four names.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, which was fifth in a row on the issue, Shah said that they were making sincere efforts to bring a neutral person with impeccable credentials. He was optimistic about the meeting on Thursday.

To another question he dispelled the impression that the delay in the appointment of new Chairman NAB was result of some tacit agreement between the government and opposition and said that had there been any covert deal on the issue, the appointment of Chairman would not have been an issue.

He made it loud and clear that he would make sincere efforts to bring in a person of impeccable credentials for the coveted slot of Chairman NAB and expressed optimism about a breakthrough in Thursday’s meeting because the Prime Minister Sharif was also having the same sentiments.

The name of Chaudhry Rauf came from the government side while Shaukat Durrani’s name was proposed by Leader of the Opposition. Both of them are retired bureaucrats and have spotless career and generally considered as honest persons.

Shah said that the meeting with Premier Sharif was held in cordial atmosphere and after the introduction of fresh names it was decided that both of them would meet again on Thursday after having feedback from their respective parties to finalise any one of the four names on the table to be installed as chairman NAB. To a question Shah said that the meeting on Thursday would be held at around 11.00am.