Right man for the job: Governor backs Javed Iqbal as NAB chief

Khosa says retired Supreme Court judge would be acceptable to opposition.

Express August 14, 2011

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.

New provinces

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.


Tabsum Khan | 12 years ago | Reply

Justice retired Javed Iqbal would be a meaningful selection of the present regime, seeking the appointment of a noble judge, the federal government needs to refurbish its political will just to deliver for masses without showing appeasement for anybody as well as encircling the judiciary. Which is possible through obeying its verdicts in letter and spirit which are definitely delivered in the ambit of the Constitution of Pakistan. So rather then exercising delaying tactics like Zafar Qureshi instance who has become the limelight of a case instead of investigating the case, the government and opposition should not play rats and cats play and should appoint head of NAB within no time- Really it would be great Gift to the nation who is still waiting for remedy in so many spheres of life. END

Rashid Khan | 12 years ago | Reply

Is Gov Khosa lossing the plot or does he wants to return to normal life? He getting suicidal and is prone to self harm, life behind the high walls doesn't suit everyone? He is well aware that no one (among the powers that be at both sides of the divide) wants Justice Javed Iqbal to head NAB? An impartial, clean and fair person heading an institution for accountability is the last things any wants? I wouldnot be surprised if Babar Awan is marking time for his next appointment.

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