Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday clarified a statement attributed to him a day earlier regarding the Panama Papers joint investigation team, stating that he had in fact referred to an inquiry committee formed to investigate the so-called Dawn Leaks matter.
During the hearing of a case concerning fake accounts on Wednesday, Justice Nisar was quoted by media as saying that intelligence services officials included in the Panama Papers JIT had been included on the behest of Chaudhry Nisar.
He clarified that he had been referring to the team formed on the recommendations of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar to investigate the ‘Dawn Leaks’ issue. “I may have made a mistake,” he remarked during a hearing. “I meant the Dawn Leaks JIT.”
It emerged that the Military Intelligence and Inter-Services Intelligence personnel who had been on the Dawn Leaks inquiry committee had also been on the Panama Papers JIT, and that the chief justice had made an observation to this effect in court while noting that the then prime minister (Nawaz Sharif) and interior minister (Chaudhry Nisar) had themselves recommended those officials’ inclusion in the first instance.