Opposition submits new draft bill to probe PanamaLeaks

ISLAMABAD: Rejecting the government bill, the opposition on Wednesday submitted a new draft bill — ‘The Panama Papers Inquiry Act 2016 — in the Senate Secretariat for constituting a commission of inquiry to probe the PanamaLeaks’ revelations.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Opposition Leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan drafted the bill that was also endorsed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Aitzaz Ahsan, along with Senator Farhatullah Babar and PPP Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira, submitted the bill in the Senate Secretariat.

Talking to newsmen there, Aitzaz said Pakistan’s money was secretly transferred outside the country and this scam was not leaked by any political party but a renowned international organisation. “Investigations should be made against all those 630 persons, who were named in the PanamaLeaks,” he added.

He said the investigations should be made by a commission comprising judges of the Supreme Court. “The investigation of assets could not be possible without forensic audit and that was the reason that forensic audit was proposed in the draft bill to trace the money sent outside of the country,” he added.

However, he said, the government was avoiding the forensic audit. “We have submitted the bill in the Senate Secretariat on the behalf of the combined opposition and there is no discrimination for anyone and want that the accountability must be started from the prime minister,” he added.

He said under the bill the Government of Pakistan shall be obliged by law to fully assist the investigation by extending all necessary financial, legal, diplomatic support, including obtaining cooperation from other states and various international agencies, for conducting the investigation.

To a question regarding the return of the PTI petition by the Supreme Court, Aitzaz Ahsan said if there was a prime minister from the PPP and his name was in the Panama Papers, then the earth would have been shaken.

He said there was allegation on Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani that he did not present the President of Pakistan to the foreign court.

“The son of the prime minister made the deal of property of billions of rupees, and in case if any son of a PPP leader had done it then NAB and FIA would have been making all-out efforts to arrest him,” he added.

He said no suo moto notice has been taken on the PanamaLeaks even the suo moto notices were given on keeping of two bottles of liquor. “The Supreme Court registrar did not have the authority to reject the petition,” he added.