Pakistan Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan, when questioning the legality of the proposed investigation committee in Sheet width problem, has recommended the government to form a commission on the issue.
Source passed down to The Express Tribune that a meeting of senior government officials was held on Monday at which the AGP asked what law the committee would work under, as there was no legal support.
It is known that high-ranking legal officials have advised the government to investigate the matter through the Inquiry Commission Law 2017.
Under the law, the commission has enormous powers to pursue the matter. And the government will be bound to publish the commission’s findings. On the advice of the AGP, studied further, the matter will be put before the cabinet on Tuesday (today) for reconsideration.
There is a possibility that the questionnaire format will be reviewed at a cabinet meeting. Likewise, a source informed that the government is also considering a review of the Terms of References (TOR) of the questionnaire committee announced last week.
It was also noted that despite opposition from one section of the government, Prime Minister Imran Khan was firm on the previous decision to give former Supreme Court Judge Azmat Saeed Sheikh the task of leading the investigation.
Even one of the top government officials has suggested that the sitting judge investigate the matter but the prime minister disagrees. A cabinet member informed The Express Tribune that the prime minister believed that Justice (ret.) Sheikh was the best choice for this job.
Despite opposition from opposition parties and media people, and objections expressed by some sections of the government to the nomination of Supreme Court Justice (Purn) Sheikh, the former top court judge was also firm on his decision to lead the investigation, he said.
“Everything will be decided in a cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) and it is hoped that the inquiry commission will be notified on Wednesday,” said the cabinet member. The Express Tribune.
Meanwhile, Sindh Salahuddin Ahmed High Court Bar Association Chairman said Judge (retired) Azmat Saeed Sheikh should reject the nomination, because he previously worked at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).