Govt decides to form JC over Panama leaks, Dar tells Shah

Source:  The News Published in Current Affairs on Friday, April 22, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar telephoned Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Friday and informed about government decision to form judicial commission over Panama leaks.

The minister said, “the government has decided to form a judicial commission over Panama leaks allegations on the demand of the opposition.”

The government will write a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for constituting the commission.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a consultative meeting at the PM House with members of the federal cabinet, advisers and special assistants.

Sources said PM Nawaz has made up his mind to approach the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJ) for the constitution of a commission to probe the Panama Papers.

The huddle vested the final authority with the prime minister to deal with the situation. Accordingly, he opted for approaching the Supreme Court.

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar put up a report on his contacts with various groups of the opposition and threw light on their position.

He said the PPP and Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah were pressing the government for the establishment of a parliamentary committee while the PTI was pleading for a commission under the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Nawaz didn’t discard any proposal and asked Senator Dar to conclude his contacts at the earliest. The participants of the meeting that continued more than two hours suggested different options to deal with the situation.

The formal announcement is expected today.

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