Mushahid for parliamentary panel to probe Panama leaks

ISLAMABAD – Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has called for formation of a joint parliamentary commission (JPC) to probe Panama leaks.

While opening a debate over Panama leaks disclosures in the Senate on Friday, he said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and State Bank will assist the proposed commission, which should be delegated full judicial powers. “The government should come clean on the matter. If the government evades forming the JPC, then the Senate’s ethics committee should decide the issue. No judge or general or bureaucrat can decide it,” he said.

“Time has come that the Parliament should go for self-accountability. Panama leaks neither pose any threat to democracy nor to the government. The government should stopped stubbornness and come forward to resolve the issue,” he said.

Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan said that offshore accounts and companies operate the world over and that was not an illegal. But a situation was being created in the country to destabilise the government. What was done during the tenure of former president is all before us, he asked, adding that the Sharif family has made progress through hard work. “We should decorate such people with gold medals who have raised monumental empires through hard work,” he said.

“Nawaz has changed the map of the country in three years. Those who are impeding the way of development are not only enemy of Nawaz but also they are working on a foreign agenda,” he said.

Senator Sherry Rehman said “the way UK prime minister has presented himself before Parliament in Panama matter, Nawaz should also take parliament into confidence on the issue.” “We don’t believe in politicking or sit-ins over Panama leaks. If this matter has to be taken to its logical conclusion, it should be investigated in fair and transparent manner,” she said.

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