Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal takes over charge as NAB chief

ISLAMABAD: Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, took over charge of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) days after the government and opposition agreed upon his appointment as chairman of the top graft buster.

Iqbal’s name was among a list of three – along with Justice (retd) Faqeer Mohammad Khokhar and former secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiak Ahmad, proposed for the slot by Khursheed Shah following consultation with other opposition parties, except the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He had retired from the Supreme Court in 2011.

The government had suggested the names of Justice (retd) Rehmat Jafri, Justice (retd) Ijaz Chaudhry and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director General Aftab Sultan.

Justice Iqbal had refused to take oath on a Provisional Constitutional Order in November 2007 and as a result was removed from his position during the regime of Pervez Musharraf. However, in 2009 he was reinstated as an SC judge.

In 2012, Justice Iqbal was appointed as head of the Abbottabad Inquiry Commission tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the US raid and killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The 700-page report compiled by him in 2013 was never made public by the government.

He also served as the chairman of a judicial commission mandated to trace missing persons. Justice Iqbal has assumed the office upon the completion of the four-year term of outgoing NAB chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry.