ISLAMABAD -UNS : Newly appointed chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has affirmed to wind up all big cases and to not delay any proceedings and all NAB cases will be concluded like the inquiry of Abbottabad Commission.
During an informal talks with media outside the Parliament House Justice (r) Javed Iqbal hoped that all the matters will be smoothly done. 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.
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday assumed charge as the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).On his arrival in NAB headquarter he was received by high-ups of NAB.
The prospective NAB chief’s role will be crucial as the anti-graft watchdog is engaged in corruption cases against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members.
Justice Javed Iqbal’s appointment was made after the mutual consensus of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition in National Assembely Syed Khursheed Shah.
He would be replacing Chaudhry Qammar-uz-Zaman whose term expired on October 10.
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal was among the three names recommended by the opposition leader for the post. Two others recommended for the slot were Justice (retd) Faqeer Muhammad Khokhar and former secretary election commission Ishtiaq Ahmed.
Whereas, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had suggested the names of incumbent Intelligence Bureau chief Aftab Sultan, Justice (retd) Rehmat Jaffery, and Justice (retd) Ejaz Chaudhry for the post.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had rejected the six names proposed by the prime minister and the opposition leader. However, vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that they do not have objection to the personality of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal but rather his performance will be judged.
Justice Javed Iqbal retired in 2011 as senior judge of the Supreme Court. Previously he was Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court for a short tenure lasting only a month.
During his career he has heard several high profile cases, including the case of suspension of fellow chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. He was also appointed to led the Abbottabad Commission over the United States strike which killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011.