The newly appointed chairman of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Accountability Bureau, Sardar Rafiq Mahmood, took charge of his duties on Tuesday.
The seasoned jurist from Rawalakot visited different sections of the accountability bureau and addressed staff members.
He vowed to end corruption from the state and urged the staff to perform their duties “collectively and with missionary zeal”.
The post of chairman of the AJK Accountability Bureau was earlier held by Justice Hussain Mazher Kaleem.
Meanwhile, Mirpur Division Commissioner Amjad Pervez Khan was given the additional charge of director general of MDA. Mirza Javed Iqbal was the former director general of Mirpur’s civic body.
He was removed from his service and Mahmood given the additional charge following a notification issued by the AJK government.
In a related move, Justice Mazher Kaleem, a serving judge of the AJK Shariat Court, was recently relieved of his duties in the wake of a row between the AJK Accountability Bureau and the AJK Council over the former’s jurisdiction in taking action against alleged irregularities and corruption of the latter.
Officials of the AJK Council held protests and demanded that the bureau’s chief be ousted for raiding and arresting some senior members of the council on charges of corruption and embezzlement of millions of rupees.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.