The Chairmanship of the National Accountability Bureau has been vacant ever since the Supreme Court removed Mr Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah from the post in May, and the federal government has been ordered to fill the post after its last rejection of the federal governments application for an extension. Mr Justice Shahs appointment was rejected because the Supreme Court deemed the NAB Ordinance not to have been followed, as in there had not been the 'meaningful consultation of the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly. So as to carry out that consultation, the President has written to both the Leader of the Opposition, Ch Nisar Ali, and to the Leader of the House, Prime Minister Yousaf Reza Gilani, in which he wished to appoint Adm (retd) Fasih Bokhari, a former Chief of Naval Staff. The PML(N) has indicated that it will not respond positively. But Ch Nisar has not yet formally rejected the nomination. The nomination indicates that the government is reverting to the model of selecting a high executive official, as was the last Chairman, Naveed Ahsan, instead of a retired judge, like Mr Justice (retd) Shah. Apart from Admiral Bokhari, the others under consideration were all retired judges of the Supreme Court. Though the Admiral is not an ex-bureaucrat, he must be counted among them in respect of NAB. The process of consultation requires the Leader of Opposition to give his input not just on the specific appointment, but also on the type of organization that person will develop. NAB is a relatively new organization, and whether the Chairman comes from the Executive or the Judiciary will determine what type of organization NAB is to become. However, the dispute between the government and opposition cannot go on forever, and in the judgement removing Mr Justice (retd) Shah from office, the Supreme Court indicated that it could act as the final arbiter. However, though neither is acting thus as irresponsibly as it appears to, Government and Opposition should do their best to avoid a deadlock. This would only be possible if the government was to regard the process of consultation with the Leader of the Opposition not as an imposition forced on it by the Supreme Court, but as an integral part of the process. After all, this consultation does not apply to almost all government appointments, so the power of the Executive remains unrestricted. Also, as NAB is to investigate and even prosecute wrongdoers in government even when they go into opposition. Indeed, that is the reason why the government of the day should be careful to make the constitutionally mandated consultation: they might be in the Opposition when next the appointment opens up. It is particularly useful for an organisation mandated as NAB is, to investigate and prosecute corruption charges against all government servants, including elected officials.