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Opposition parties turn down govt commission on Panama leaks

LAHORE: The main opposition parties have rejected the government-proposed commission to probe ‘Panama Papers’ that rocked the world politicians including Pakistani leaders with revelation of their secret wealth abroad, ARY News reported.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan says the judicial commission headed by retired Justice Sarman Jalal Usmani was not acceptable to his party. He has demanded that chief justice be given charge to lead the commission.

Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah says a parliamentary committee be formed with Senate chairman Raza Rabbani in the chair.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced on April 5  the formation of a commission to investigate allegations made in the Panama Papers that linked his family to a series of offshore companies.

“I have decided to set up a high level judicialcommission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. This commission will decide after its investigation that what is reality and how much weight these allegations should be given,” Sharif said in a TV address broadcast nationwide.

The leaked papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposes how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted their money offshore, and also implicated Sharif’s sons Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

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