Following activist Amina Masood’s revelation that Javed Iqbal, the Head of Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances and former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman had sexually harassed the wife of a missing person when she appeared before the commission, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has summoned him to investigate the matter.
Speaking to journalist Hamid Mir on his TV show, Amina Masood revealed that when the wife of a missing person approached the commission to enquire about her husband’s whereabouts, Javed Iqbal allegedly said to her, “You are so beautiful, why do you need a husband?”
The PAC is also investigating Javed Iqbal on other charges of harassment, including a letter written by Tayyaba Gul, who had leveled harassment allegations against the former NAB chief.
The PAC Chairperson Noor Alam Khan said that harassment of women would not be allowed and action would be taken against anyone involved in such acts, adding that it was unfortunate that many such incidents happen with heads of institutions.
He said that Javed Iqbal had sent a letter expressing his inability to appear before the committee owing to Eid-ul-Azha, however Noor Alam rejected the letter and instructed NAB officials to immediately inform the former NAB chief to show up to the PAC session on Thursday (today).
Social media users are admonishing the comments made by the head of the missing persons commission, calling it an alarming depiction of the state’s attitude towards enforced disappearances.