- Inside minister dismisses objections to Azmat Saeed’s appointment as Broadsheet probe committee head
- Broadsheet probe will put Opposition in a “tough spot”, predicts Sheikh Rasheed
- Minister asks the Opposition whether or not would they relatively have Malik Qayyum in Azmat Saeed’s place
Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Friday stated that the Broadsheet LLC scandal and the federal government’s probe over the newest revelations within the case will put the Opposition in a “tough spot”, as he dismissed their objections to the federal government’s alternative of committee head.
He was addressing a press convention in Karachi after PML-N “rejected” a probe panel established by the federal government, which is to be headed by former Supreme Court docket Justice Azmat Saeed.
The inside minister requested the Opposition that if they’re in opposition to the appointment of Saeed, then would they relatively have Malik Qayyum in his place.
Qayyum was appointed as a Lahore Excessive Court docket choose on Oct 24, 1988, however resigned after the Supreme Court docket in April 2001 described his conduct as “biased” whereas deciding an enchantment of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in opposition to her conviction in a corruption case.
In response to a Daybreak report, the PPP had “released the transcript of a phone conversation indicating (Saeed’s) collusion with the incumbent government” (PML-N) concerning a judgment in a case in opposition to Benazir.
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The inside minister went on to say: “Azmat Saeed has read Panama JIT (Joint Investigation Team) report’s volume 10.”
Warning PML-N, he stated that their properties value Rs85-100 million may very well be uncovered within the probe being carried out by the federal government.
Furthermore, the inside minister claimed that PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, in 2000, had paid the Nationwide Accountability Bureau $7.5 million to get the watchdog off his again.
Earlier within the day, PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal, in a press release, identified that Saeed was a part of the bench within the Panama Papers case which disqualified Nawaz Sharif.
He was later invited to hitch the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital’s Board of Governors after his retirement by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Iqbal stated.
The PML-N secretary-general additionally identified that in the course of the Musharraf regime, when the asset restoration settlement was signed with Broadsheet, Justice Saeed had been a part of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB).
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In response to the Supreme Court docket’s web site, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed was deputy prosecutor basic NAB at Islamabad within the yr 2000 for a interval of 1 yr and was later appointed particular prosecutor NAB in 2001 to prosecute circumstances earlier than Accountability Courts at Attock Fort and Rawalpindi.
Nevertheless, it isn’t clear if the retired choose had performed a task, if any, within the formulation and signing of the asset restoration settlement and/or its eventual termination.
“Imran Khan wants to save himself and NAB by appointing Justice Azmat as head of the investigation panel,” Ahsan Iqbal stated on the event.
Govt kinds probe committee
On Thursday, the federal authorities had introduced the structure of an inquiry committee to probe the scandal after a ministerial committee offered its report back to the Federal Cupboard.
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Info and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz confirmed the event, saying the previous apex court docket choose would even be consulted on the appointment of different members of the Broadsheet probe committee.