PML-N ‘indifferent’ to Siraj’s efforts


PML-N ‘indifferent’ to Siraj’s efforts LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is ‘unresponsive’ to the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) efforts for submitting to the Supreme Court unanimous terms of reference (ToR) for the Panama Commission.

JI Emir Senator Sirajul Haq has been in contact with all parliamentary and other parties for framing joint ToR instead of leaving the task to the apex court.

Through a Lahore-based PML-N leader, the suggestion has also been forwarded to the government but the proposition has not even been discussed in the federal cabinet meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday morning, an official told Dawn.

The government’s legal minds, says the official, believe that the ToR or course of action to be set by the apex court for the proposed commission will be more helpful in resolving the issue and advantageous for the ruling party (read the Sharifs) than the one to be framed out of court – whether through parliament or otherwise.

“The court proceedings will make ToR of the commission and thus outcomes of its probe more acceptable to all concerned and free from doubts of any [political] manipulation,” he says.

Some opposition parties are not upbeat about the role of the judiciary in the Panamagate investigation, fearing the process could be exhaustive and challenged at any stage.

“By agreeing to court adjudication, the opposition has lost the game as court [and judicial commission] proceedings may take months for reaching any conclusion. By that time the people may have lost orientation of the issue,” fears the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) spokesperson.

The rulers may also challenge jurisdiction of the commission or its conclusions at any stage further prolonging the process for penalising the guilty, if found, in the offshore companies case, Nurullah Siddiqui apprehends.


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