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Broadsheet saga: Govt forms one-member commission comprising Azmat Saeed

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Shibli Faraz has announced the formation of a one-member commission, comprising former Supreme Court judge Azmat Saeed Sheikh, which will conduct an inquiry into the Broadsheet scandal.

Addressing a press conference after a federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad today (Tuesday), Faraz said the committee would now be a commission constituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 2017, adding that the results of the investigation will be released within 45 days.

Shibli Faraz said the incident has proved that corrupt people were spared and some of them even became prime ministers and presidents. “The commission would soon expose those involved in corruption because it is the duty of the government,” he added.

He informed that an arbitration court in England had given a verdict and announced an award against Pakistan. “In such a situation, it was the government’s duty to probe the scandal and events that cost the nation its money,” he added.

“The time has come for everyone to find out who played what role in the economic ruin of the country and the network of debts that was laid,” he remarked. Faraz further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan “was the first one to challenge the culture of corruption in the country.

He said that the NRO has always pushed the country backwards, because whenever the rulers of this country were charged with corruption, they saved themselves by using the NRO.

Last week, the federal cabinet had formed an inquiry committee to be headed by a former judge of the Supreme Court with the task to investigate the “fresh revelations” in the verdict of a British court.

Faraz had said at the time that the committee would comprise one representative each of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Attorney General of Pakistan office, besides a senior advocate to be nominated by the prime minister.