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SC refuses to form judicial commission on Panama issue due to lack of information

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday has written a letter to Federal Secretary Law, refusing to constitute a commission for investigation of Panama Papers leaks.

PM Nawaz-led government requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali to form a commission over the issue of Panama Papers.

In the letter, the apex court informed the government that the letter written by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the apex court was incomplete since it doesn’t include names of the accused.

According to the Registrar of Supreme Court, the court stated that the government should first carry out lawmaking before asking for a judicial inquiry.

Meanwhile, responding to the court’s decision, senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif said Supreme Court’s response to government’s letter is ‘natural’.

“Opp demand frm FIA, NAB, judicial com, Parliament com, keeps shifting. SC response Natural. Issue can be resolved if opp stops playing politics,” he said in a twitter post.

Mentioning three reasons behind the refusal, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali says formation of commission under 1956 Act, as demanded by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif through a letter to the apex court last month, will be ‘limited in scope’ and ‘toothless.’


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.