Justice (r) Javed Iqbal’s name finalised for NAB chairman: Khursheed Shah


ISLAMABAD Oct 8 (TNS): Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah revealed the name of National Accountability Bureau on Sunday as the deadline approached. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has been finalised as the new chairman of the accountability institution, according to Shah.

The leader of the opposition was addressing a press conference where he spoke regarding the selection.

Shah said that four meetings have been held to decide upon the name with the members of the opposition and government.

Khursheed Shah said that being a former apex court judge, Iqbal possesses valuable judgment skills, especially lauding his report on the Abbottabad commission.

Shah met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday to discuss the matter of the chairman’s selection. In the meeting, which lasted over an hour, Shah said he placed names given by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in front of the prime minister.

The present NAB chief, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, is retiring on October 10 after serving a term of four years.

It is also pertinent to mention that Justice (r) Iqbal headed the Abbottabad Inquiry Commission, made to probe a raid by US Special Forces in the city.

The Abbottabad Inquiry Commission investigated and reported the circumstances surrounding the May 2011 raid by US Special Forces at a compound in Abbottabad. The commission had interviewed over 300 witnesses and gave 200 recommendations in a 700-page report to the prime minister. The report was immediately classified, but a version was leaked by an international news network.