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PML-N ‘rejects’ Broadsheet probe below retired Justice Azmat Saeed

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  • Retired Justice Azmat Saeed was a part of the Panama Papers bench that disqualified Nawaz Sharif.
  • The SC decide additionally served as a deputy prosecutor common and a particular prosecutor at NAB across the time the Broadsheet settlement was signed.

  • Imran Khan needs to avoid wasting himself and NAB by appointing Justice Azmat as head of the investigation panel, alleges Ahsan Iqbal.


LAHORE: The PML-N has ‘rejected’ a probe panel established by the PTI authorities which is to be headed by former Supreme Court docket Justice Azmat Saeed to analyze the Broadsheet scandal.

In an announcement on Friday, senior PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal identified that the previous Supreme Court docket decide was a part of the bench within the Panama Papers case which disqualified Nawaz Sharif. 

He was later invited to affix the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital’s Board of Governors after his retirement by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Iqbal additionally identified that through the Musharraf regime, when the asset restoration settlement was signed with Broadsheet, Justice Azmat had been a part of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB).

In line with the Supreme Court docket’s web site, Justice Azmat was deputy prosecutor common 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.

Nonetheless, it isn’t clear if the retired decide had performed a job, if any, within the formulation and signing of the asset restoration settlement and/or its eventual termination.

Learn extra: Tariq Fawad Malik: the founding father of messy Broadsheet deal

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.

Info and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz confirmed the event, saying the previous apex court docket decide would even be consulted on the appointment of different members of the Broadsheet probe committee.

“Imran Khan wants to save himself and NAB by appointing Justice Azmat as head of the investigation panel,” Ahsan Iqbal stated over the event.

The Broadsheet LLC scandal

Earlier, PM Imran Khan had taken discover of the Broadsheet scandal after court docket paperwork revealed that Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog had made a deliberate choice to ignore monetary damages that could be brought about to the stated firm by coming into right into a settlement with an unauthorised particular person and paid round $1.5 million to the unsuitable agency.

Learn extra: Broadsheet scandal is a slap on the face of PTI govt, says Maryam Nawaz

The arbitration court docket that heard the case — Broadsheet LLC vs. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Nationwide Accountability Bureau — was chaired by Sir Anthony Evans. The court docket’s ruling titled Half Ultimate Award (Legal responsibility points) was handed down in August 2016 below the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Case No. 12912001.

The case particulars the entire saga from the NAB’s institution to the signing and — three years later — rescinding of an asset restoration settlement with Broadsheet, a breach of contract, unlawful funds from Pakistan to the unsuitable entities; and all that led the court docket to determine that the anti-corruption physique was concerned in intentional wrongdoing.

NAB and Broadsheet LLC had signed the settlement in 1999, which was breached by Pakistan in October 2003.

Judgment paperwork had revealed what the arbitration court docket concluded, that the claimant — Broadsheet LLC — was entitled to recuperate damages from the respondents — the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the NAB — for the “tort of conspiring to cause unlawful economic loss to the Claimant by entering into the Settlement Agreement dated 20 May 2008 with Mr. James and companies controlled by him and/or in making payments to him or them thereunder”.

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