Govt forms three-member commission to probe Panama Papers

ISLAMABAD: The government Saturday constituted a three-member inquiry commission led by Justice (retd) Sarmad Jalal Osmany to probe startling revelations of Panama Papers involving the prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.


According to sources, Justice (retd) Osmany would head the commission under 1956 Inquiry Act.

Osmany was appointed to Supreme Court on 19 September 2008. He was removed from the bench of Supreme Court and reverted to a Sindh High Court Judge. He was then appointed as Chief Justice of Sindh High Court on 1 August 2009. He was retired in October 2015.

The other members of the commission included ICAP President Hafiz Mohammad Yousaf, while a police official or a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official would be inducted in the commission.

However, the opposition has rejected the commission, saying the wife of Justice (retd) Usmani is affiliated with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

The opposition leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said that his party already had reservations the day Prime Minister Sharif had announced to constitute a commission.