Ahsan asks Justice Azmat to recuse self from Broadsheet probe Azmat Saeed notified as Broadsheet committee head

Staff Reporter

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday called upon former Supreme Court Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh to recuse himself from the Broadsheet inquiry commission.

Former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, while addressing a ceremony, said that Justice (retd) Azmat Saeed who is a former employee of National Accountability Bureau is now investigating the same anti-graft watchdog.
He further said that PML-N’s objections are not personal but simply highlighting the conflict of interest.

On the other hand, the federal government has issued a notification concerning constitution of a one-man commission comprising Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, to probe the Broadsheet scandal.
Copies of the notification have also been sent to the attorney general, secretary to the president and secretary to the prime minister.
The Cabinet Division also issued the 10 terms of reference along with the notification.
The commission has been empowered with forming committees of experts and officers so that it could get into the skin of the case.

The commission has been tasked with investigating the appointments made by Broadsheet and IAR and the agreements these two organisations entered into.
The commission will also try to find out the reasons for the cancelation of agreements between the government of Pakistan, Broadsheet and International East Recovery Firms in 2003.

The commission has also been authorised with digging out the reasons for the payments made by Pakistan to Broadsheet in 2008, and whether these payments were legal. Besides that it will try to identify the people behind the illegal payment of $1.5 million in 2008.
Similarly, the commission will try to ascertain whether the case was pursued in London courts or not.

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