Zahir Shah, the Deputy Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), has resigned from his position, citing personal reasons, according to The News. He submitted his resignation to NAB Chairman Lt General (R) Nazir Ahmad Butt. While there has been no official statement from NAB regarding Shah’s resignation, sources within the organization have confirmed the personal reasons behind his decision. It is speculated that Shah may be assigned another significant role within the anti-corruption watchdog.
Before his appointment as Deputy Chairman, Shah had held the positions of NAB Rawalpindi Director General and Director of Operations at NAB Headquarters. He had also served as the acting chairman of NAB following the resignation of the previous chairman, Aftab Sultan.
Shah’s resignation is the second high-profile departure from NAB in a week, as Prosecutor General Accountability Justice (R) Syed Asghar Haider had recently resigned, citing personal reasons. Asghar’s tenure was originally scheduled to end in February 2024. Notably, investigations into the 190 million pounds scandal had been completed, and a reference was set to be filed in an accountability court this month, contingent on the approval of the prosecutor general.
The prosecutor general confirmed his resignation, attributing it to personal reasons. In February 2021, the PTI government had granted Asghar Haider a three-year service extension through an ordinance.