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Former Chief Justice indicates PM’s speech as Confession

Iftikhar Chaudhry , the former Chief Justice stated on Thursday that “Prime Minister’s speech in the parliament was actually the confession regarding panama papers.”

According to reports when it was asked from former Chief Justice that if the proceedings in the parliament can be debated in court?, he said “the speech can be debated in the court.”

On May 16, 2016 Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef commenced a speech on his family business on the floor of National Assembly, following the exposition of Panama paper leaks due to the intense pressure of opposition.

Later the speech became controversial when lawyer of PM asked apex court to set aside the contents of his speech and said “The prime minister is also a Member National Assembly (MNA), its better if he goes to the Supreme Court, if not then he should go to the parliament and clarify the contents of his earlier speech.”

he former chief justice also said that in the current scenario, there is no need of a commission to decide on the Panama Papers issue.

“In my opinion, the court will decide the case,” he added.

He answered in reply, if the prime minister needs to produce evidence in favor of his denial to the allegations arrayed against him, Apart from technical issues of onus of responsibility, it is a case of the prime minister. In this case, the PM holds the onus of responsibility for proving his innocence.”

In addition he said “PTI has done its work, now its turn of the premier to come up with proofs supporting his claims,”

He, however, said the case could have been presented in a better manner.

“The offshore companies were established when the children of the prime minister were not competent enough to establish the firms. So the premier was responsible for his children as they were dependent on him.”

When he was questioned about the similarities in the cases of Sharif and former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani, he said that the cases of Panama Papers and Gillani are different.

“The case of Yousaf Raza Gillani was a bit different as he was convicted by a seven-member bench of apex court.”

Further he said “As the premier has not been convicted as yet and if the court declares him not Sadiq and Ameen, then a reference would be filed for his disqualification.”

“Qatari letter does not qualify to the standard of Qanoon-i-Shahadat order,” adding that the letter was a result of after thoughts,” he stated while discussing about letter reportedly written by a prince of Qatar.