Imran wants Shoaib Suddle as Judicial commission

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan called for the formation of an independent inquiry commission headed by former Tax Ombudsman Shoaib Suddle to investigate allegations of offshore companies against Sharif family.
In a press statement, Khan welcomed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali’s offer to nominate any FIA official.
“We welcome Chaudhry Nisar’s statement and propose that Shoaib Suddle be appointed as head of the inquiry commission,” he said.
Khan pointed out that Suddle was an expert in investigating white-collar crimes.
“The Suddle-led commission should be fully empowered to hold an inquiry about revelations of Panama Papers,” he added.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali khan said Britain, Russia and Argentina have rejected Panama Papers leak allegations, adding that “This matter should now be resolved in Pakistan as well.”
Speaking to media at Kallar Syedan, Chaudhry Nisar asked the PTI Chairman Imran Khan to point out any FIA officer of his choice if he wanted Panama Papers leak to be probed by the agency.
He said the matter of formation of the high-level judicial inquiry commission announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the wake of the Panama Papers leak is still pending as two former members of the superior judiciary have refused to take up the task due to opposition party’s ridiculous attitude.
He said that opposition parties should sit and talk to the government if they want to take the matter to its logical conclusion.
The Interior Minister made it clear that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan cannot address the nation on Pakistan Television (PTV).
“It is only privilege of the President or Prime Minister of a country to address the nation through state television,” Ch Nisar said. He said that no opposition leader has ever addressed the nation through state TV in the history of the world.
“He (Imran Khan) is not even an opposition leader. His party has only 30 seats or so in the National Assembly,” the minister said.
The Interior Minister said Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would not be allowed to hold public meeting in F-9 Park on April 24 or a gathering in D-Chowk, adding that on the occasion of Chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri, a written agreement with the administration was violated.
The F-9 Park is for recreation of public and sit-ins and public meetings could not be allowed there, he added.
He said the federal government could not seal the Capital every other day, adding in this connection a decision has been made and after approval of the cabinet soon, all the political parties would be taken into confidence.
He said Pakistan was already facing image problem due to terrorism, and frequent sealing of the Capital has further affected image of the country abroad.
Nisar said those parties which wanted to show their political power, have the entire country to do so, except Islamabad. The minister said a particular point would be designated in future for any public meeting in Islamabad.
To a question, he said the previous day, Imran Khan mentioned his name and said he had to be answerable to God Almighty.”I am not answerable to Imran Khan but indeed answerable to God Almighty.”
The minister said the matter should become clear as who looted the country.
Even an opposition party member, names of whose leaders were included in the Panama Papers leak, was criticizing the government, he said adding his party should be criticized but the criticism should first start from one’s own party.
He went on to say that the PTI should decide whether it wanted only to level allegations and hold media trial of the government or wanted to sort out the issue.
“If the aim is to only level allegations and defame the government, then the nation should decide. If the nation has to be informed about the facts, then PTI should sit with the government and play its role to create an independent judicial commission.”
Nisar said heads of a number of countries were accused but most of them ignored the Panama Papers.
However, the Prime Minister took notice of the issue and announced the formation of a judicial commission; he said adding if there is any proof corruption, it should be presented before the commission.
He said he agreed with Imran Khan that nation should be informed about the facts but this could not be done through sit-ins. The minister said the government had contacted two former chief justices for heading the judicial commission but due to hue and cry of the opposition, they refrained from it. Agencies