ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman and Pakistan People’s Party stalwart Raza Rabani on Sunday refused to head a proposed parliamentary committee to investigate the Panama Papers revelations, Aaj TV reported.
The PPP wants to probe the matter through a parliamentary committee but the government is more likely to form a judicial commission as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s announced in his address to the nation.
Opposition leader Khurshid Shah on Saturday had proposed Rabbani’s name to head a parliamentry committee, saying Rabbani could lead the probe body with equal participation of members from treasury and opposition on the committee.
However, the senate chairman refused to accept the role.
While thanking Shah for purposing his name, Rabani said he lacked expertise to investigate matters related to white collar crimes”.
Rabani will also hold a meeting today with the party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to discuss party affairs and the Panama leaks.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar hailed Rabani’s decision of not accepting the role.
It is pertinent to mention here that a high-level meeting chaired by Dar on Saturday had already finalized Terms of Reference of the judicial commission.
According to media reports, retired justice Srmad Jalal Osmany has accepted to head the committee, but so far no government official confirmed the reports on record.
Shah had already opposed the appointment of Sarmad Jalal Osmani, saying the former justice’s family members were a part of the ruling PML-N.
“Although I personally have a lot of respect for Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani mainly because of the fact that he had refused to take oath under a PCO during Gen Musharraf’s rule; but he cannot accept his nomination as head of the proposed commission because his family’s sentiments are with PML-N,” he said and added that Osmani’s wife joined PML-N in 2007 when Nawaz Sharif visited their residence.