ISI, MI officials can’t be part of judicial commission: Dar

DARGovt refuses to accept Imran’s proposals

Says there is no law of jungle or monarchy in the country

 ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said on Monday the inclusion of security agencies representatives in judicial commission, as demanded by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, to probe alleged rigging in general elections 2013 is totally impracticable.

The minister said judicial commissions include judges and not the representatives of security institutions. Imran had demanded yesterday that judicial commission for probing the election rigging must also include the representatives from premier intelligence agency of ISI and MI.

Such a demand from Imran Khan was very surprising, said the minister while addressing a news conference in Islamabad along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid and Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid.

“There is no law of jungle or monarchy in the country and the government cannot form a judicial commission against the constitution,” Dar said.

The Minister said according to the constitution, Judicial Commission only comprises judges and the government will not do anything in violation of the constitution. Ishaq Dar clarified nominating members of a judicial commission is prerogative of the chief justice. He said the government cannot even propose the names.

“It seems like Imran Khan wants a JIT probe into alleged rigging in general elections,” he said. He recalled that the government wrote a letter to Supreme Court registrar for the formation of a judicial commission.

Dar also clarified that the government had not suspended negotiations with the PTI.

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