WEB DESK: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has reportedly informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of political parties’ unwillingness to accept former Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani or any other retired judge to lead an inquiry commission to investigate the Panama Leaks and the government may have to consider other options.
The Finance Minister who met the Prime Minister on his return from a week-long medical check-up in London on Wednesday informed him that the PML-N’s efforts to convince the opposition parties on an inquiry commission headed by a retired judge have not borne fruit.
The Prime Minister was further informed that the majority of political parties are insisting on a Chief Justice of Pakistan-led judicial commission to investigate the matter. The Finance Minister also apprised the Prime Minister of his telephonic conversations with the Leader of the Opposition on the issue. Khursheed Shah, Dar reportedly told the Prime Minister, had stated that the opposition wants the government to write a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan with a request to set up and lead a judicial commission to probe the matter. Shah underscored the need for forming a Parliamentary Commission if the Chief Justice refused to establish and head a judicial commission.
Sources said that with the opposition now agreed on a judicial commission headed by the Chief Justice PML-N may be compelled to consider other options. Finance Minister during his briefing to the Prime Minister discussed ways to deal with the brewing crisis. The overall political situation in the country and scope of terms of references (TORs) for the proposed inquiry also came under discussion during the meeting.
The government teams held meetings with almost all the political parties except Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during the last few days with the objective of soliciting their support for an inquiry commission led by their proposed retired judge, but their efforts remained unsuccessful.
According to unconfirmed reports, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami National Party (ANP) and Quami Watan Party of Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao have all agreed on the formation of a commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan for free and fair investigation to unearth the truth as to when the off shore accounts were opened by the Prime Minister’s immediate family members and from where and how the money was transferred to these accounts. The government team is expected to meet PPP leaders on the issue of Panama Leaks again on Wednesday. The chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman is not in the country.
Source: Business Recorder