Islamabad: Ministry of Law and Justice has notified Terms of Reference of the proposed Commission of Inquiry to inquire into matters arising out of Panama Papers.
According to a law ministry document issued by the PM’s media office here on Friday, the Commission of Inquiry shall have the following Terms of Reference:-
1) to examine information relating to:-
(a) involvement of Pakistani citizens, persons of Pakistan origin and legal entities in offshore companies in Panama or in any other country; and,
(b) involvement of former and present holders of public office in:-
(i) writing off their own bank loans or those of their immediate family members through political influence; and,
(ii) transfer from Pakistan of funds which have originated from corruption, commissions or kickbacks;
(2) to determine whether, in any case referred to in (1) (a) and (b) above, any law for the time being in force in Pakistan has been infringed;
(3) in case the answer to (2) above is affirmative, to determine responsibility for such infringement; and,
(4) to make such recommendations as may be deemed appropriate.
3. The Commission shall, in addition to the powers under section 4 of the Act, have all the additional powers under section 5 ibid, including the powers mentioned in sub-paragraphs (1) to (4) below: –
(1) The Commission shall have powers under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 for:
(a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person, including a tax expert or accountant, and examining him on oath;
(b) requiring the discovery and production of any documents;
(c) receiving evidence on affidavits;
(d) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses on documents; and,
(e) requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any Court or office.
(2) The Commission shall have the powers to require any person, subject to any privilege which may be claimed by that person under any law for the time being in force, to furnish information on such point or matters as, in the opinion of the Commission, may be useful for, or relevant to, the subject matter of the inquiry.
(3) Any officer not below the rank of a gazetted officer, specially authorized in this behalf by the President of the Commission may enter any building or place where the Commission has reason to believe that any books of account or other documents relating to the subject matter of the inquiry may be found, and may seize any such books of account or documents or take extracts or copies therefrom subject to the provisions of section 102 and section 103 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, insofar as they may be applicable.
(4) Any proceeding before the Commission shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding within the meaning of sections 193 and 228 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.
4. The Commission shall be assisted by all the concerned authorities of the Federal and Provincial Governments.
5. The Commission shall start the inquiry at a place and on a date to be fixed by it and shall submit its report to the Federal Government in accordance with its Terms of Reference.
6. The Cabinet Division shall provide secretarial assistance to the Commission.