Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has on Friday said that the Broadsheet LLC scandal and the government’s probe over the latest revelations in the case will put the Opposition in a “tough spot”, as he dismissed their objections to the government’s choice of committee head.
Sheikh Rasheed, while chairing a press conference in Karachi asked the Opposition that if they are against the appointment of Saeed, then would they rather have Malik Qayyum in his place.
It should be noted that PML-N “rejected” a probe panel established by the government, which is to be headed by former Supreme Court Justice Azmat Saeed.
The interior minister asked the Opposition that if they are against the appointment of Saeed, then would they rather have Malik Qayyum in his place.
Qayyum was appointed as a Lahore High Court judge on Oct 24, 1988, but resigned after the Supreme Court in April 2001 described his conduct as “biased” while deciding an appeal of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto against her conviction in a corruption case.
According to reports, the PPP had “released the transcript of a phone conversation indicating (Saeed’s) collusion with the incumbent government” (PML-N) regarding a judgment in a case against Benazir.
Earlier in the day, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal, in a statement, pointed out that Saeed was part of the bench in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Nawaz Sharif.
He was later invited to join the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital’s Board of Governors after his retirement by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Iqbal said.
The PML-N secretary-general also pointed out that during the Musharraf regime, when the asset recovery agreement was signed with Broadsheet, Justice Saeed had been part of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).