Sikh community observes Guru Ram Das birth anniversary


LAHORE: A special ceremony was held in connection with the 493th birthday of Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikh community, at Chuna Mandi on Monday.

Additional Secretary Shrines Tariq Khan Wazir, Pardhan Sardar Tara Singh and other Sikh community leaders attended the ceremony.

Special ‘Akhand Path Sahib’ was held and special prayers were offered for prosperity and development of Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq approved special grant of five million rupees for purchasing new blankets, sheets and cupboards for gurdwaras.

Sikh leaders appreciated the steps of the board for welfare of the Sikh community.

Govt. appoints Justice (Retired) Javed Iqbal Chairman NAB

ISLAMABAD: The government on Sunday appointed Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal as chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for a period of four years.

“The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to appoint Mr Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, a retired Judge of the Supreme Court as Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after consultation with the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly,” read the notification issued by the Ministry of Law.

The former judge will serve as the NAB’s chairman for a “non-extendable” period of four years from the date he assumes the charge of the office.

Earlier in the day, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah, confirmed that the retired justice’s name was finalised as the next National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.

The leader of the opposition was addressing a press conference in Sukkur where he spoke regarding the selection of the chief of the country’s top anti-graft body.

The incumbent NAB chairman, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, is retiring on October 10 after the completion of his four-year tenure.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader had proposed Justice (retd) Faqer Mohammad Khokhar, Justice (retd) Iqbal and former secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Ishtiaque Ahmed Khan for the post whereas the government had suggested Justice (retd) Rehmat Jafry, Justice (retd) Chaudhry Aijaz and Intelligence Bureau Director-General Aftab Sultan.