CJ refuses to form commission on govt ToRs

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali on Friday refused to constitute a judicial commission over Panama Leaks allegations on government’s terms of reference (ToRs), Aaj News reported.

The government had sent a letter with its own ToRs to the Supreme Court registrar last month, requesting the chief justice to form a high-level judicial commission to probe the leaks.

The opposition had rejected the government’s ToRs set and later a nine party opposition alliance had proposed its ToRs which the government rejected.

Since then, the government and the opposition have locked horns over how to investigate the leaks.

The SC registrar has officially informed the law secretary in a letter,  saying ‘the formation of a commission 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.’