NA opposition leader Khursheed Shah says all parties have been taken on board
National Assembly opposition leader Khursheed Shah said on Sunday that the government and the opposition had agreed on the appointment of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as the new National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.
Talking to reporters in Sukkur, the Pakistan People’s Party leader said all political parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan had been taken on board before finalising Iqbal’s name, Express News reported.
“He [Justice (retd) Iqbal] has an outstanding record. He has served as a Supreme Court judge and we pray that he fulfills his new responsibilities in the same manner,” he added.
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The government had suggested names of Justice (retd) Rehmat Jafri, Justice (retd) Ijaz Chaudhry and Intelligence Bureau Director-General Aftab Sultan, while the leader of the opposition proposed names of Justice (retd) Faqeer Muhammad Khokhar, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and former secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiak Ahmad.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, however, had rejected all six names and proposed former Intelligence Bureau chief Dr Shoaib Suddle, Justice (retd) Falak Sher, and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Muhammad Shahzad Arbab Shahzad for the post.
Justice (retd) Iqbal has served as the head of the commission that investigated the US operation in Abbottabad in which al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed.
He has also served as the chairman of the judicial commission which was mandated to trace missing persons.