LAHORE: Newly appointed chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has Wednesday assumed charge of his post and said all cases will be concluded like the inquiry of Abbottabad Commission.
Justice (r) Javed Iqbal held an informal talk with media outside the Parliament House when he reached there to appear before Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, and hoped that all the matters will be smoothly done. He affirmed to wind up all big cases and to not delay any proceedings. It is not new for me to face challenges, he commented.
NAB chairman further added that he will continue to head Missing Persons Commission as its final report is in last phase, and will leave the commission after the completion of report.
NAB director general operations and other higher officials met Justice (r) Javed Iqbal and gave him briefing on important issues.
Appointment and opposition’s remarks:
Earlier on Sunday, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah revealed that Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had been finalized for the post of chairman of the National Accountability Bureau.
Khurshid Shah wished that post of the chief of the country’s top anti-graft body will remain apolitical. He said Iqbal, a former apex court judge, possesses valuable judgment skills.
Shah especially lauded Abbottabad Commission report prepared under the supervision of Iqbal. He said that the names proposed by some of the political parties lacked merit.
On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had expressed reservations on appointment of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, saying his party was not consulted in the process.
Justice (r) Javed Iqbal’s career:
Justice (r) Javed Iqbal was born in Quetta in 1936. He obtained an LLB degree from Punjab University in 1968. He went to Australia then and did his LLM in International Law in 1971. In 1985, he obtained a degree of Masters in Islamic law from Islamic University Islamabad.
He was appointed additional judge at High Court in Quetta in 1993 and then took the PCO oath in 1999 to become a judge at Balochistan High Court. Next year, he became the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court. He remained a judge at Supreme Court of Pakistan from 2004 to 2011.
It is pertinent to mention here that he had refused to take oath under PCO in 2007. He also headed the Abbotabad Commission in 2011 and presented the report to the then Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on January 4, 2013.