The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Thursday said it had recommended to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to remove Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal as the chairman of Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances was established in 2011 and Justice Iqbal, who was also the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) until recently, has been heading it since then. The development followed Tayyaba Gul’s recent appearance before the committee. In 2019, Gul was involved in a leaked video clip showing her alleged clandestine and illicit relations with Justice Javed. Gul, and her husband, Mohammad Farooq, were facing inquiries in NAB when the scandal surfaced. Later, the NAB had filed a reference against them before an accountability court in Lahore. Last month, it was reported that she had submitted an application with the PAC Chairman Noor Alam Khan, seeking an inquiry against Justice Javed Iqbal, NAB Lahore DG (retired) Maj Shahzad Saleem and other officials of the bureau for implicating her in a corruption reference. During the committee meeting on Thursday, which the former NAB chairman did not attend, the alleged video scandal involving Justice Javed Iqbal was reviewed. At the outset of the meeting, Khan asked Gul whether she had filed an application against the former NAB chairman, to which she replied in the affirmative. Gul said Justice Javed Iqbal had filed a Rs20 million reference against her. “I was not issued a call-up notice nor was an inquiry conducted,” she said. Gul said officials from the NAB Lahore arrested her. Two days prior to this, Gul said she had an argument with Justice Javed Iqbal over the phone. At one point, the PAC chairman inquired about the relationship between Gul and Iqbal. “How was he in direct contact with you?” he asked. She replied that she had met Iqbal in relation to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. She went on to say that he “silenced” her at every forum. “I was not heard at any stage”. Gul said 40 FIRs were registered against her while a false reference was also filed. She alleged that the NAB Lahore DG had stripped her naked and filmed her. My name was placed on the no-fly list, she said, adding that cases were registered against her for stealing coal trucks. Gul also said that Saleem blackmailed Iqbal with the video he had made of her. “The owner of a private news channel, Tahir A. Khan, and the former prime minister’s principal secretary, Azam Khan, took the videos from me,” she said. The PAC chairman said that the committee would also listen to Iqbal even though he skipped today’s meeting. Speaking to the media after the meeting, the PAC chairman said the voices of many women were left unheard. He said that public office-holders should be stopped from misusing their authority while in office. “We were shown many laws and were told that the PAC cannot take up this matter,” he said. “Then we showed them the Rules of Procedures and the laws, which state that it is within our scope,” he added. “A lot of good people work in NAB […] but when wolves enter an institution, they need to be removed and pointed out,” Khan said, adding that Justice Javed Iqbal was being given a chance to appear before the committee. “If he does not show up again, then I will issue a warrant for Javed Iqbal.” We have recommended the removal of Iqbal from the post until the matter is decided, he said, adding that proof in the form of videos and pictures was also present. “I was under a lot of pressure not to expose this matter. We will look into it according to the law. Those who are guilty will be prosecuted,” he said.