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New chief of Pak's anti-corruption watchdog takes charge

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal today took charge as the new chief of Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog.

The retired Supreme justice became the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) replacing Qamar Zaman Chaudhry who completed his four-year tenure.

The new chief with senior officials including NAB's director general operations and members of the prosecution wing during his first day in office.

He asked for the details of all outstanding cases, references and records.

Iqbal, who has taken charge when the NAB is pursuing Panama Papers case against ousted prime minister and his family, told media that he would complete probes in all pending cases.

When asked about the cases against Sharif, he said he believed in "across-the-board accountability".

Iqbal, who is also working as chief of commission on missing persons, vowed to complete his task and compile report before giving up his post as the head of Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

Justice Iqbal was also head of the commission task to investigate the circumstances which led to the US raid at complex of Osama bin Laden in 2011. His report was never shared with the public.

He was picked out of at least a dozen names floated by the government and opposition. The final decision was made after several rounds of consultations between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 00:32 IST