Maryam asks ex-SC judge to ‘excuse himself’ from Broadsheet inquiry

PML-N vice president threatens to reveal 'undisclosed information' if Justice (retd) Azmat Saeed refuses to oblige

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday demanded of former Supreme Court judge Justice (retd) Azmat Saeed to “excuse” himself from the Broadsheet inquiry commission or else she would reveal “undisclosed information” about him.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on Thursday announced his appointment to head the inquiry commission formed to examine the circumstances relating to the Broadsheet agreement and subsequent arbitration proceedings that resulted in substantial loss to the national exchequer.

Justice (retd) Saeed has heard numerous high-profile cases in the past including the one related to Panama Papers leaks leading to disqualification of the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif as member of the National Assembly.

His profile on the Supreme Court website states that he also served as deputy prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2000. It says that he was also appointed as NAB’s special prosecutor in 2001 to prosecute cases before accountability courts at Attock Fort and in Rawalpindi.

“[Justice] Azmat Saeed had set up JIT and made WhatsApp calls and everyone knows to whom he made those calls. He had conspired against an elected prime minister. He should excuse himself from the [Broadsheet inquiry] commission,” Maryam today said while talking to the media outside the demolished Khokhar Palace in Lahore.

Calling Broadsheet a “fraudsheet”, Maryam said that Pakistan lost billions of rupees in this fraud. “It should be called a fraud sheet, not a broadsheet. There are big holes in this net.”

The PML-N leader said that the Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) has an “ideal” co-ordination and all opposition parties are united on the issue of long march. “We shall see when Bilawal presents his in-house change proposal at PDM meeting. If Bilawal has numbers, he should bring them to the fore,” she said.

On the occasion, she also extended best wishes to Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal’s sister who is set to tie the knot on January 29.

Maryam also extended her party’s support for Khokhar brothers after part of their house was demolished by the government of Punjab on Sunday. “[Prime Minister] Imran Khan was personally monitoring the operation [against Khokhar Palace] despite court orders,” she added.

Calling the PTI government “the biggest mafia”, Maryam said that the “selected” have illegally occupied Pakistan and have brought institutions under their influence.

She said that the people of the bureaucracy are also annoyed with the incumbent government. “Imran Khan has failed and will be a bigger failure in the future.”

Talking about next general elections, Maryam said that PML-N has a strong foothold across Pakistan whereas PTI is a one-man party which will collapse under its own weight. “No one will take PTI ticket in the general elections. PML-N is still standing firm.”

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