Qaim rejects PM decision to set up commission under retired CJP

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday rejected the prime minister’s decision to set up a commission under a retried chief justice of Pakistan to probe his family’s assets and companies, saying the inquiry should be conducted under the serving chief justice of Pakistan.

While talking to the media in Mipurkhas town, Shah demanded judicial inquiry into the Panama Papers claims regarding Sharif’s family offshore assets and companies. He said hundreds of politicians are named in the leaks and thus the inquiry should be conducted under the supervision of the present chief justice of Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced to set up a judicial inquiry into the Panama leaks under the aegis of a retired chief justice but the opposition largely rejected the offer, made on a national television channel.

In his address to the nation, the premier clarified his position regarding his family’s apartments and companies abroad and offered himself for the judicial inquiry.

Sharif came under acute criticism at home after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) leaked a huge data regarding tax evasion and frauds by the legislators, businessmen, artists and others.

The names of over 200 Pakistanis were also mentioned in the documents.

The documents indicted Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, the two sons of the Prime Minister and Marium Nawaz, the daughter of having at least nine offshore companies and apartments in London.

The family of Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of the prime minister, who is also the chief minister of the Punjab province, also had seven companies abroad.

Slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto was also named in the leaks for having an offshore company.

On Friday, the opposition parties raised the issue in the parliament, while the Sharif cabinet members tried to defend their leader in the house.

Imran Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also threatened the prime minister of laying siege at the Raiwand, where the premier owns a big estate and residential mansion.

He said this time he would stage the sit-in at Raiwand, instead of D-Chowk in Islamabad, to press his demand for appointing a transparent inquiry into the scam.

The PTI also intends to hold a rally at F-9 park in Islamabad to mark the party anniversary on April 24.

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, in a press conference in Islamabad, however, refused to grant permission for the rally in the capital city, saying Khan’s party was habitual in affecting citizens of Islamabad as they rallied every second week in the capital territory.

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