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Still no clean chit for prime minister: Altaf Shakoor

Karachi: Though the detailed verdict on the Panama Leaks case is still awaited, but one thing is certain that the apex court has not yet handed the prime minister a clean chit and he would be grilled as an accused by a probe commission, said Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor here Thursday.

He said that all five judges of the bench seemed convinced that the prime minister failed to prove his innocence. The arguments of the prime minister and his family members seemed not sufficient to get a clean chit from the court which has already ordered establishment of a joint investigation committee (JIT).

He said two honorable judges, Justice Khosa, who headed the bench and Justice Gulzar, were in favor of de-notifying the prime minister, as he was no more a ‘Sadiq and Ameen’. However, the three other honorable judges opposed the disqualification of the prime minister and ordered establishment of the JIT, which would submit its report within 60 days and on the basis of this report final decision would be made. He said after 60 days if one of the judges who have opposed disqualification changed his opinion, the prime minister would stand disqualified.

Altaf Shakoor further said that the two senior judges who considered disqualification of the prime minister would be the next chief justices of Pakistan as per their seniority. He said it would be interesting that the prime minister would present himself, as an accused, before his subordinates and make clarifications before them about his innocence. He said it is also important to note that the JIT would submit its progress report to the same bench after every two weeks.

He suggested that the prime minister instead of holding his office when he is also an accused in a sensitive case and facing investigation should tender his resignation and wait till next 60 days. He said if the prime minister decides to continue holding his office during this period of 60 days, the JIT would remain under a tremendous pressure; that is why the prime minister is being advised to temporarily step down along with his cabinet.

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