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Possible fear of law expert's backlash; Govt. steps back to summon Wajid Zia.

Islamabad -- The government has backed out from summoning Wajid Zia who was the head of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Panama Papers before NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges due the fear of possible backlash of constitutional and law experts.

The question of privilege raised by MNA Mohammad Safdar regarding allegations made by Wajid Zia, in-charge Joint Investigation Team (JIT), against the member.

The JIT investigating Panama Papers case, in its report submitted to the Supreme Court, said that he (Safdar) was absolutely evasive, non-committal and speculative while recording his statement.

Earlier, NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges has summoned Wajid Zia on February 02, which was opposed by country constitutional and law experts.

Justice retd Shah Khawar had stated that the apex court was bound to provide protection to JIT Committee members and Chairman NAB should approach to SC in this regard.

Now government has step back from its decision of summoning of Wajid Zia as his summon was not schedule in today's meeting.

Earlier, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Saddiq had finally given formal approval of summoning the head of Panama Leaks Joint Investigation Team before the committee of Rules, Privilege and Discipline.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 2, 2018
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