Panama Leaks: Chief Justice refuses to form Judicial Commission

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali on Friday refused to constitute a Judicial Commission over Panama Leaks as requested by the government.

In reply to the government letter, the Chief Justice said that the ToRs provided could take so many years to be completed.

“Formation of Commission of Inquiry under the Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Act 1956 (Act VI of 1956), looking to its limited scope, will result in the constitution of a toothless Commission, which will serve no useful purpose, except giving bad name to it,” the letter says.

The chief justice also demanded the specific list of individuals, companies and groups which are required to be investigated by the Judicial Commission.

The letter states, “The terms of reference incorporated in the attached Notification are wide and open ended that, prima facie, its may take years together for the Commission to conclude its proceedings. Therefore, before, forming any opinion as to the formation of requisite Commission of the inquiry or otherwise, it is necessary to have a list of all individuals, families, groups, companies, etc, with their total number, alongwith some relevant particulars, against whom purported inquiry proceedings are to be held under paragraph No.1 (a) and (b) of the terms of reference.”

If all information is provided then we can consider going ahead, the letter added.

“Once the Supreme Court receives further details from the federal government, it will consider the request to form the judicial commission”, the chief justice was quoted as saying in his reply to the government letter.


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