Says will monitor all NAB cases to ensure merit
Says whether anyone will be convicted or pardoned all the matters would be dealt according to law
Says Abbottabad Commission probe saw results, so will NAB cases
Retired justice Javed Iqbal takes charge as new NAB chief
ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 (SABAH): Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal officially assumed charge as the Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday.
Meanwhile justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has pledged to take NAB cases to logical conclusion like he did as Chairman Abbotabad Commission.
Talking to media after attending Senate Standing Committee on Human Right meeting, Javed Iqbal, who is also chairman of Commission on Missing Persons, said that he was not relinquishing the charge of chairman Missing Persons Commission.
He said that the report of Commission of Missing Persons was in final stage. He added that he was not relinquishing the charge of the commission immediately, saying he had worked very hard on the missing persons issue and would complete the report.
He added that after submitting the report of the commission he would leave the charge of the commission. He said that he had taken over as NAB chief on Wednesday.
Javed Iqbal said that he had completed the report of the Abbottabad Inquiry Commission and it was up to the government to release it. Like the Abbotabad Commission he would also take the NAB cases to logical conclusion.
Iqbal said the cases against the Sharif family will proceed on merit, adding that whether the result is exoneration or punishment, the law will take its course.
Javed Iqbal said his motto will be accountability for all. He said whether anyone will be convicted or pardoned all the matters would be done according to law. He said that the people should keep expectations but they should keep expectations according to law.
Javed Iqbal said no allegation has been leveled against him during his whole life, adding that people will see clear change in NAB in next few months. He said all political parties have welcomed his appointment, adding that there is no need to keep close eye on him. He said that the man is responsible before the Almighty Allah and before his own conscience.
He added that he will personally monitor the prosecution of the cases and a visible ‘change’ will be witnessed in this regard in time. He said that shortcomings in the Panama case, if any, will be rectified.
Moreover, Iqbal said in case any objections are raised against his honesty, he will resign from the NAB chief post and also from the post of chairman missing persons’ case. It is not new for me to face challenges, he commented.
“Neither I am under any pressure, nor linked to any political party,” Iqbal said.
During the Committee meeting, Justice Javed Iqbal said that he had always given importance to the Parliament and Constitution all his life.
He said the numbers of Balochistan missing persons was exaggerated.
Iqbal informed the Senate body that several foreign agencies and non-state actors were active in Balochistan.
The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights was held under the Chairmanship Senator Nasreen Jalil.
He also said that the illegal confinement of people was unacceptable and that Pakistan was not a banana republic that people go missing here. He said 1383 cases of missing persons are pending with the inquiry commission. He said that there is no agency of country which did not appear before the commission. He said that recovery of dead bodies in Balochistan has come to an end, adding that when the dead bodies had been used to recover he had issued warning to lodge cases under section 302.
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said he will present the interim report of the missing persons’ case in November. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal he has visited all the internment centers and met with the recovered persons but no recovered speaks against anyone then what could he do. He said that the law demands proofs.
During the Senator Committee meeting Senator Farhatullah Khan Babar said it is sad to say that the commission did not do its work. He added that he has reservations over the work of the commission.
Justice (retd) Iqbal responded that the law requires evidence [to prosecute]. “Without evidence, what action can I take against anyone,” asked Iqbal, saying that the recovered missing persons also do not divulge the names of any of their captors.
With regards to the Abbottabad commission, Iqbal informed the committee members that the then prime minister called him for a briefing on the report. “The prime minister asked me what he should do with the report,” recalled Iqbal, adding that he responded by saying the report should be released unlike others before it that were kept in the closet for years.
When asked by a private TV channel upon his arrival at Parliament House, Iqbal said he had completed the report of the Abbottabad
Inquiry Commission and submitted it to the then prime minister, adding that it is up to the government to release the report. He added that he will also similarly finish all the NAB cases accordingly.
Iqbal, who heads the commission on missing persons, appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.
Answering a query, Iqbal said he will leave the commission once their final report is complete and then fully focus on NAB’s work.