Ex-DG NAB Musaddiq Abbasi takes over as accountability adviser from Shahzad Akbar.
ISLAMABAD: According to Geo News, the government has nominated Brigadier (Retd) Musaddiq Abbasi, the former director-general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), as the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability.
Abbasi will take over for former adviser Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who resigned from the position on January 24.
“I have tendered my resignation today to PM as Adviser. I sincerely hope the process of accountability continues under [the] leadership of PM IK as per PTI’s manifesto. I will remain associated with the party [and] keep contributing as a member of the legal fraternity,”
Akbar wrote on Twitter.
Akbar was appointed as the special assistant to the prime minister on accountability in August 2018, after serving as the NAB’s deputy prosecutor.
He was then awarded the additional job of adviser to the prime minister on internal matters in December 2019.
The lawyer was promoted to the position of adviser to the prime minister on accountability and the interior in July 2020, with the rank of federal minister.
The resignation of Akbar is accepted by President Alvi.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s President, Arif Alvi, accepted the former SAPM’s resignation. Following the president’s consent, the cabinet division issued a notification in this respect.
What is Brig (retd) Musaddiq Abbasi’s background, and why has he been called in to replace Shahzad Akbar?