LAHORE: Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has suggested that Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal should be appointed chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), as it would be an appointment acceptable to all political parties.
Talking to reporters after laying a floral wreath at the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal in an Independence Day ceremony, Khosa said that the retired judge had a very good reputation from his time on the bench. He said he believed that National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan would accept Iqbal’s appointment as NAB chairman. Iqbal, who retired from the Supreme Court on May 31, currently heads the commission investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad by US forces on May 2. He was one of the judges who did not take oath under the Provisional Constitution Order in 2007 when then president Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency. Iqbal is credited with helping to defuse some of the tension between the executive and the judiciary at the height of the Hajj and National Insurances Company Limited scandals, by downplaying their differences and insisting that the government was not defying the courts.
Governor Khosa said that new provinces should be established as this would slow the the rate of migration from rural to urban areas. He said the creation of new provinces had helped India prosper. He said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif often got carried away at his public speeches and should restrain himself. He congratulated the country on its Independence Day.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2011.
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