ISLAMABAD: Many senators believe that the chairman of Missing Persons Javed Iqbal must be sacked for his involvement in harassment of a female.
On Wednesday, a resolution was submitted in the Senate signed by many Senators which sought removal of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as chairman missing persons commission.
Javed Iqbal was holding two positions _ Chairman NAB and Chairman of Missing Persons Commission during the PTI era. Despite his sexual harassment scandal, PTI government gave temporary extension to Javed Iqbal as NAB chairman, but the present government got rid of him as NAB chiarman.
The resolution of the Senators, which has the signature of senators from all the parties, demands that Justice Iqbal is removed from the post of Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances Chairman.
The post of the missing persons commission is a very sensitive one and a person accused of sexual harassment should not be heading it, the resolution reads.
Senators also said that the government has formed a commission to probe the allegations against Justice Iqbal, and he must be kicked out of the missing persons commission.
In June this year, Last month, the woman at the center of a 2021 video leak controversy involving then anti-graft chairman Iqbal, has written to the Public Accounts Committee to seek a probe against the former boss of NAB.
Iqbal quit as NAB chief on June 3 after an ordinance granting him an extension expired and the current government refused to ratify it. His four-year term had already ended in October 2021.
Tayyaba had claimed that she and her husband were subjected to personal vengeance when NAB was under Iqbal, though she was later acquitted by a trial court.
She is not the only woman who has leveled sexual harassment allegations against Justice (retd) Iqbal.
Amina Masood Janjua, a human rights activist who works with the families of missing persons, told journalist Hamid Mir on his show Capital Talk that Justice (retd) Iqbal had sexually harassed the wife of a missing person when she appeared before the the missing persons commission.
Janjua claimed that when the young woman approached the commission to enquire about her husband’s whereabouts, Javed Iqbal allegedly told her why she was ‘looking’ for her husband as she is so beautiful that she can have any man she wants.
The federal government in July formed a commission to Gul’s allegations against the former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.