Govt agrees on Fakhar Imam’s name to head PAC

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has reportedly finalised the name of Fakhar Imam to head the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Amir Dogar, chief whip of the party, confirmed the development Tuesday and said the government wanted a non-partisan figure to head the Public Accounts Committee. He added that the opposition might agree on the name of Fakhar Imam and a final decision would be announced soon.

PML-N leader and former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday rejected PTI’s pick and said PAC chairmanship was the opposition’s prerogative. “It’s not a matter of non-partisanship or honesty but it is a matter of principle. Parliament has to function on traditions not dictation. PAC head will be from the opposition,” he added. The opposition had earlier announced it won’t nominate members to standing committees if it was ‘robbed of its right’ to head the Public Accounts Committee.

             The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) on Wednesday held a crucial meeting to formulate a joint strategy over the issue of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship.

The upcoming by-elections were the main topic of the meeting and the two sides discussed the possibility of forging some sort of cooperation in the crucial polls.

Police officers on Thursday claimed that notorious gangster of Lyari, Ghaffar Zikri along with his accomplice has been killed in an encounter in Karachi. While talking to media, Additional Inspector General Amir Shaikh said that police faced armed resistance when they conducted a raid on an intelligence tip-off regarding presence of suspected gangsters in the area.