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NAB chief says all major cases to be taken to logical conclusion
Px09-050 QUETTA: Jun09 – Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal speaks during a press conference in Quetta. ONLINE PHOTO by Ahmad Kakar

NAB chief says all major cases to be taken to logical conclusion

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has said all major cases before the NAB would be taken to logical conclusion.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal held an informal talk with media persons outside the Parliament House on his arrival there to appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights. He hoped all the matters would be smoothly settled. He vowed to wind up all big cases without delaying any proceedings. “It is not new for me to face challenges,” he remarked.

The NAB chairman did not name the cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, but said all the cases would be followed as per law and no delay would be tolerated. He averred cases against politicians would be dealt with on merit.

He added he will personally monitor the prosecution of the cases and a visible change will be witnessed in this regard in time.

Javed Iqbal said he would complete all the major corruption cases as he had done in the case of the Abbottabad Inquiry Commission, adding it was up to the government to release its report. He said he had handed over findings of the commission to the authorities.

Answering questions, the new NAB chairman said he had briefed the then prime minister on the Abbottabad Commission report, but perhaps he was not listening to him seriously.

He said dealing with challenges was not a new thing for him and no case would be allowed to linger on.

The NAB chairman further said he would continue to head Missing Persons’ Commission as its final report was in the last phase, and would leave the commission after the completion of its report.

Earlier, Javed Iqbal was received by the NAB deputy chairman and other officers when he reached the bureau headquarters to formally assume charge as head of the federal anti-graft body.

Giving the officials their first task, the new NAB chief asked for the details of all outstanding cases, references and records.

Speaking at the Senate standing committee, headed by Senator Nasreen Jalil, Javed Iqbal said he had given importance to the Parliament and the Constitution all through his life. He said the Balochistan missing persons’ number had been exaggerated.

He told the Senate body that several foreign agencies and non-state actors were active in Balochistan. He asserted: “Illegal confinement of people is not acceptable and that Pakistan is not a banana republic that people go missing here.”