PM welcomes SC decision over Panama Papers

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ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister welcomed decision by the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers on Thursday adding that he had faith in the constitution.

The issue of the Panama Papers was brought to the notice of the Election Commission, Lahore High Court, and the Supreme Court, the prime minister said.

“I believe in the constitution, supremacy of the law and transparency,” he said.

Without naming Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf he said, that it is better to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision before jumping into action.

The Prime Minister said since the beginning of Panama Leaks and even before any demand made by the Opposition he had announced a commission comprising retired honorable judges of the Supreme Court with the spirit of bringing actual facts before the nation through transparent inquiry. But the opposition laid down condition of the Terms of Reference (ToRs) which complicated things.

The statement from the Prime Minister House came after a high level meeting presided by the Prime Minister was held to discuss the Supreme Court decision of sending a notice to prime minister in relation to the Panama Leaks.

During the meeting the attorney general briefed the prime minister over the legal proceedings regarding the case.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister and Khawaja Asif were present in the meeting.

The Supreme Court issued notices to all parties including the Prime Minister on Thursday as it began hearing five petitions regarding the Panama Papers which have overshadowed political landscape of the country for the last several months.

A three-member bench presided by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the petitions including two petitions filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf calling for the disqualification of the prime minister.

The SC sent notices to all parties including the Prime Minister on the request of JI and PTI. The session was adjourned for two weeks.