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Panamagate: SC says will form a commission when need arises

Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Tuesday said the court was keeping an open mind on the idea of forming a commission on Panamagate, saying it will make one when it feels the need for it.

The apex court was hearing the Panamagate case that calls for an investigation into the assets of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members.

Justice Jamali was responding to Jamaat-i-Islami’s request of creating an inquiry commission with the mandate to investigate the matter.

On Dec 3, JI chief Sirajul Haq had submitted a fresh application with a request to constitute an inquiry commission. He had also requested that the court make a party in the case all the family members, including children, companies and business entities of those whose names had surfaced in the Panama Papers leaks.

During the hearing, the chief justice added that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) do not operate effectively. He added that “if these institutions do not want to work, why don’t we shut them down”.

Also today, Nawaz Sharif’s children submitted a petition in the apex court requesting for daily hearings of the case. “The issue is very critical and institutions are getting affected,” stated the petition, which was submitted through senior counsel Akram Sheikh who is representing Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s counsel Naeem Bokhari started his arguments by going into details about Maryam Nawaz’s financial situation.

courtesy: dawn news

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