IHC suspends PAC’s advice for removal of Javed Iqbal from missing persons panel

By: News Desk
Published: 02:39 PM, 2 Aug, 2022
IHC suspends PAC’s advice for removal of Javed Iqbal from missing persons panel
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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday suspended a recommendation of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to remove the former chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Javed Iqbal as the head of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Acting IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq listened to the PAC’s petition which had recommended the removal of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as the head of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

The NAB ex-chairman had challenged the decisions of the PAC, and on his behalf, Shoaib Shaheen Advocate appeared before the court.

“The question is, what is the authority of the PAC other than accounts?” Shoaib Shaheen Advocate raised a question in the court.

Upon this, the deputy attorney general said, “An inquiry commission has now been set up on the allegations of Tayyaba Gul.”

“Are you making a statement that this matter is no longer in the PAC?” the court questioned.

“You should check it and tell the court at the next hearing,” it added.

“The PAC has recommended that Javed Iqbal be removed as the head of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. [But] This is not the authority of the PAC; therefore, it has been challenged,” Shoaib Shaheen Advocate informed the court which then suspended the PAC’s recommendation.

It also issued a notice to the PAC and sought an answer till August 11 next.

Reporter: Ehtisham Kiyani