SC asked to prevent Imran Khan from influencing JIT members


ISLAMABAD: The son of a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senator sought a special oath  for members of the JIT from the Supreme Court (SC) the other day, in order to prevent them from being influenced by the speeches of  Imran Khan, it has been reported.

“Propriety demands that a special oath may be solemnized [for] the members of the JIT to work uninfluenced from speeches of Respondent No 1 (Imran Khan) and other material of similar nature broadcast in this behalf,” pleaded the petition moved by Advocate Qausain Faisal Mufti, on behalf of Barrister Danyal Chaudhry.

The Supreme Court on Friday had finalized the formation of the JIT, headed by FIA Addi­tional Director Gene­ral Wajid Zia, in order to carry out an in depth investigation of the Panama Papers leaks, regarding investments in offshore companies by the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The petition asked the SC to prevent Imran Khan from such activities that could influence the opinions of JIT members, including speeches and press releases. The petitioner  feared that if Khan made political statements, it could lead to the derailment of democracy. The petition further stated that Khan’s speeches were a direct attack on the functioning of the government and could destabilize the confidence of the government in making decisions related to national interests.

The petition sought orders for the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to disallow broadcast of any material that could challenge the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity of Pakistan and harm the welfare of the masses..