‘CJ may decline to constitute Panama commission’

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan may decline to constitute a commission to probe allegations of Panama papers as requested by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under the given Terms of References.

Some leading advocates of Supreme Court and constitutional experts told Business Recorder on Saturday that the ToRs of the requested judicial commission are so broad and vague the chief justice may refuse to constitute it.

Hashmat Habib, senior advocate of the Supreme Court, said the government’s request to the chief justice to form a commission under the 1956 Inquiry Act is not maintainable as the act only provides to investigate facts like the fall of Dhaka etc.

“If the government is serious in probing the Panama Papers, then it should first register an FIR under section 154 of the CrPC and then constitute a team of experts to probe it,” he said.

Another senior Supreme Court advocate Ahsan-ud-Din Shaikh said the chief justice mat not accept the government’s request for formation of the commission until all political parties agree on the ToRs.

He said the loan writing off case is already pending before the Supreme Court for adjudication therefore it should be removed from the ToRs.