Govt, military on same page over graft, accountability: Nisar

Observer Report

New York—Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has stated that the government and military were on the same page on the issue of corruption and accountability.
Addressing a press conference here, the interior minister said development would be made in a day or two over Panama leaks, and commission or committee would be formed with the consensus of opposition.
Nisar said several factors were behind delay in formation of inquiry commission over Panama leaks.
“In the beginning there was no consensus in the opposition. They demanded inquiry through FIA, NAB and Supreme Court. Also, several senior judges refused to head the commission,” he said while giving details of the delay factors.
Commenting on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally at F-9 Park Islamabad, the minister said Imran Khan’s party is allowed to hold foundation day rally after written assurance.
“Holding rally in the federal capital is not an offence. The issue emerges when rally turns into sit-in,” he remarked.
Earlier Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has said the judicial commission to investigate Panama Paper leaks might be set up within the next 48 hours.
While speaking at the residence of Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi in New York on Thursday, the minister said there was delay in the formation of the commission due to “inflammatory statements”, from the opposition.
Nisar said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the first person who took notice of the controversial leaks and ordered a transparent investigation.
Responding to a question about the country’s security situation, Nisar said conditions had improved but there were anti-state elements trying to sabotage peace.
He also termed the arrest of Indian Spy Kulbhushan Yadav as a serious matter, saying UN’s Security Council had already been informed about it.

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