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Govt likely to appoint Justice (r) Javed Iqbal as NAB chairman

21 August, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to propose the name of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal for the post of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman despite reservations of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on his name.

A senior official told our sources that the government had decided to appoint Justice (r) Iqbal as the NAB chairman and it would send his name to the leader of the opposition soon.

The official added that it was an irrational objection as if the PML-N had decided not to accept any government proposal

The official said that when Justice (r) Iqbal had delivered judgements against the government then he was considered as the upright judge, but now the PML-N was objecting to his name.

"Justice Javed was heading the bench, which had disqualified the appointment of Deedar Hussain Shah as the NAB chairman," he added.

Official also mentioned that the PML-N had also not opposed Justice (r) Iqbal as the head of Abbottabad commission, which was formed to probe the May 2 operation by US troops.

He said that the government wanted to make the most of Justice Javed's experience and his good reputation. Hence it would appoint him at a key post. Earlier, Justice Iqbal had also played a key role in defusing tension between the judiciary and the executive.

Justice Iqbal, who retired as an SC judge on July 31, persistently endeavoured for the recovery of the missing persons and many of them were traced out due to his personal efforts.

He, along with 12 other judges of the SC, had refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) of November 3, 2007. Like Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges, he was also put under house arrest along with his family and later reinstated in March 2009.

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