Senators demand CJP-led enquiry into Panama Leaks


Senators on Wednesday demanded the formation of a judicial commission under the Chief Justice of Pakistan to investigate the Panama Leaks issue.

Taking part in the debate, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sirajul Haq said that the Panama Leaks was a very serious issue and the judicial commission headed by the CJP should investigate all names that have surfaced in the scandal.

He also urged reforms in the National Accountability Bureau to make it a powerful and impartial organisation. He said the country needs to launch a national action plan against corruption.

Ilyas Bilour said that all political parties had been demanding judicial commission on the Panama Leaks and wanted investigation under the Chief Justice of Pakistan with assistance of foreign audit and forensic firms.

He demanded across the board accountability of people from all walks of life.

Usman Saifullah said that verdicts were being announced without completion of investigation into Panama Leaks. He also denied that any offshore company is registered in his name.

Kalsoom Perveen said that a parliamentary committee was a better forum to investigate the Panama Leaks.

Abdul Qayum said that the Panama Leaks might be a targeted effort to malign the leaderships of a few countries, including Pakistan. The issue should be investigated but there should be no violence, he added.

Azam Swati said across the board accountability was need of the hour and demanded probe by the judicial commission.

Mohsin Leghari said being parliamentarians they should set high standard of moral authority for others. He demanded an impartial enquiry into the issue.

Daud Khan Achakzai said that an independent and impartial judicial commission should investigate the issue and the Parliament should be taken into the confidence over the matter.

Saifullah Magsi demanded an impartial inquiry, which was acceptable to people of the country.

Shibli Faraz said that people should invest money in their own country, adding that Panama Leaks issue should be investigated.

Senator Hamza said that investigation should be conducted across the board.