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PM Nawaz welcomes the initiative of the SC on Panama issue

PRIME MINISTER MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF ADDRESSING THE NATION ON APRIL 5, 2016.

ISLAMABAD: (APS) October 20, 2016– Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday has welcomed Supreme Court’s proceedings into Panama Papers issue with open heart.

Chairing a consultative meeting in Islamabad, PM said he believes rule of law, complete transparency, and upholding of the Constitution.

Nawaz Sharif said people’s court is giving its verdict in by-elections and it will be better to wait for Supreme Court’s decision as well.

He said he had announced to form a commission comprising retired judges of the Supreme Court soon after the Panama issue came into force so that facts could be revealed to the people.

He said on opposition’s demand, a letter was also written to the chief justice of the apex court to form a judicial commission to probe the matter.

The Prime Minister said that the government also formed a parliamentary committee to prepare consensus on Terms of Reference (ToRs), in light of Supreme Court’s directions.

He said despite having numerical superiority in the parliament, the equal representation was given to the opposition in the ToRs committee but no consensus was reached.

Nawaz Sharif said that the government also tabled a bill in the parliament to make the proposed Judicial commission more effective and powerful, but the opposition tabled a parallel bill against the constitutional and legal requirements.

The Prime Minister said he had presented his stance on the issue with great detail in the National Assembly, but the opposition kept busy in negative propaganda hindering transparent and impartial investigations.

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