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Nisar rejects notion that SC verdict is a 'split decision'

Updated Apr 21, 2017 08:05pm


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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, rejected the notion that the Panama case verdict was a "split decision", adding that although the judges' opinions "may be different, all five judges signed off on formation of a Joint Investigation team (JIT)."

Speaking to journalists, Nisar mentioned how the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leadership had initially demanded that a JIT, including members from ISI and MI, be formed to investigate allegations of corruption.

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Now that the Supreme Court verdict reflected that proposition, Nisar expressed it was important to for all parties to respect the decision.

“It is a sign of the end of times, to have Asif Ali Zardari lecture us on Article 62, 63,” he remarked while criticising the opposition's hardening stance on the prime minister's resignation following the verdict, inviting a faint laughter from journalists present at the conference.

Article 62 and 63 of the constitution make it a requirement for the country's chief executive to be 'truthful' and 'honest'.

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Nisar expressed his discomfort with political parties announcing protests, terming it as detrimental to the integrity of the SC’s verdict.

He went on to talk about the nature of the allegations against the PM.

“The onus of proving a case lies with the prosecution all over the world,” said Nisar, “but in this case, we have faced the opposite.”

“This is not a corruption case,” he said, referring to the Panama Papers scandal against the PM and his family.

“Lots of people have houses abroad,” he said, adding that: “since day one, the PM has not hidden his assets.”

Nisar added that the court’s decision to further investigate allegations of corruption against the prime minister should be accepted in all its merit.

“Since the matter is sub-judice, I will not comment on it any further,” he resolved.


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Sheikh Apr 21, 2017 04:34pm

All five also clarified that there was some illegality worth investigating. Also clarified that the NAB had failed to do its job due to conflict of interest. Two of them went as far as to disqualify the Prime Minister.

As the Interior Minister and head of FIA, Ch Nisar should have loyalty to his country and institutions. Unfortunately, all PML-N leadership is the same

ADNAN MAZHER khan Apr 21, 2017 04:38pm

That's a stupid way of calling something wrong as right.

salman Apr 21, 2017 04:43pm

Was that all he said? Must have been his shortest press conference ever! I don't blame him, its hard to defend your PM when two judges have called him a culprit!

M. Siddique Apr 21, 2017 04:45pm

Mr. Nisar Khan, either the decision is unanimous or its split. To a common person 3-2 is split decision. 5-0 would have been unanimous (non-split).

Muneer Apr 21, 2017 05:07pm

The press conference of Mr.Nisar indicates that Nawaz Sharif and PMLN big wigs have failed to learn any lesson from the Panama case episode.

CH. K. A. Nye Apr 21, 2017 05:22pm

@Sheikh... Loyalty Sheikh sb? From these people? Unfortunately for the country, their only loyalty is to themselves and then to the Emperor.

Zaq Apr 21, 2017 05:27pm

In a nutshell mr nisar is saying "if you make money with corruption but with this money you buy property in foreign country then this is not corruption " it's actually a new definition

Ali Apr 21, 2017 05:30pm

They all are the same. We used to think very high of him. He better explain the Islamabad Airport incident.

Ejaz karim Apr 21, 2017 05:35pm

I am shocked. I thought, there are still some sensible people in PMLN

Rkhan Apr 21, 2017 05:39pm

According to NAK when PTI had demanded JIT why not formed that promptly to resolve this long overdue issue for good?

Miqbal rangoonwala Apr 21, 2017 05:59pm

As we are continually committed corrupt criminal people nothing is going to change

muhammad kashif iqbal Apr 21, 2017 05:59pm

honorable federal interior minister forgot that decision starts from famous novel GOD FATHER QUOTE and that quote needs not to be mentioned here any more.

zafar ahmed Apr 21, 2017 06:01pm

JIT to be headed by FIA official or you can say it will be under Ch. Nisar minister for interior and how the JIT will perform fair investigation against PM in Panama case ? Apr 21, 2017 06:13pm

Out of five judges, two held the view that Nawaz Sharif had been dishonest, and the other three too were doubtful of his honesty. It hardly justifies any sort of celebrations.

Tahir A Apr 21, 2017 06:20pm

Don't worry about Zardari giving us a lecture (couldn't pick myself off the floor laughing, though), but in a few years time NS will be giving us the same lectures.

The end is near Apr 21, 2017 06:25pm

These PMLN ministers can go down to any level to protect the royal family and their endless corruption.

News analysis Apr 21, 2017 06:43pm

While appreciating Ch Nisar press conference, it's correct that matter is still subjudice we must read & listen more quietly.The general impression about Mian Nawaz Sharif family was a rich business tycoon family dealing in iron & steel products, having assets or property abroad is no big deal amongst elite of Pakistan, the properties situated abroad are 100% legal in conformity with the country laws where they stand.The reference made to "The Godfather" by Mario Gianluigi Puzo" shocked me, as a lover of PML(N).This novel is all about a criminal and brutal portrayal of Corleone Family,and it's definitely a gangster novel.Allegiance first and foremost with Corleone ,any deviance from that rule will be dealt him with harshly. The SC judgement initially begins with The Godfather reference means all must read this novel about crimes first to understand the judgement.Now Ch Nisar to bear great responsibility ,as officer from his ministry has to play major role in investigation .Keep it up.

Fahad Apr 21, 2017 07:07pm

Disaster comes when elites push society toward instability and eventual collapse by hoarding huge quantities of wealth and resources. Pakistan is going to a point of no return the end of our country is now imminent. Its just a question of when.

M Y Apr 21, 2017 07:53pm

Dear Choudhry Nissar , Every citizen has the right to have a house in other country ! True sir - You and your fellows go a head and built your houses in India and pay them taxes but do not pay any in Pakistan.

vorshal Apr 21, 2017 08:01pm

@Zaq -- You have made a statement today!

mians shoaib Apr 21, 2017 08:03pm

@M. Siddique in that case majority always win.

Bela Badmaash Apr 21, 2017 08:21pm

Some one needs English lessons...

Sarwar, USA. Apr 21, 2017 08:26pm

Ch. Nisar should not out the rescue of accused PM.He has fairly clean record...

Masood Apr 21, 2017 08:44pm

I think its high time we set up a special corruption allowance when the budget is announced to be distributed to the ruling party only on the condition they stop looting and plunderingbthe country and just focus on growth and development of the nation I strongly feel that the leaders are used to corruption and just cannot function without it!!!

Khan Apr 21, 2017 08:49pm

Please7 Nisar Sahib 22-crore people are suffering financially n otherwise - But surely, they are fools.

kamran Apr 21, 2017 09:01pm

@Masood I like your idea. Well said. "I think its high time we set up a special corruption allowance when the budget is announced to be distributed to the ruling party only on the condition they stop looting and plunderingbthe country and just focus on growth and development of the nation I strongly feel that the leaders are used to corruption and just cannot function without it"

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 11:11pm

Articles 62 and 63 need to be introduced in the civil services of the country also, making it a mandatory requirement to dismiss all found wanting on the two.