ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali has asked government to amend the proposed Terms of References (ToRs) for the establishment of a judicial commission to probe the allegations of financial irregularity, including tax-evasion revealed in the Panama Papers, illegal loan write-offs and other money laundering accusations beginning from 1947.
Replying to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s letter, Jamali said that the commission would require and indefinite time period to investigate into the matters in light of given ToRs. The government should provide additional information to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for establishment of a judicial commission, his response said.
It further added that government should provide a list of families, companies and businessmen that should be probed by the proposed judicial commission. He added that the Supreme Court would consider government’s request to form a judicial commission once additional information was provided.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi believes the CJP’s reply to the Prime Minister’s letter is good news for the opposition. He said that the government should prepare new ToRs with the consensus of opposition parties.
Pakistan People’s Party leader Qamar Zaman Qaira said that the same issue raised by the CJP had also been raised by the opposition. The government should now amend the ToRs and sit with other political parties to resolve the matter, he added.