ISLAMABAD - Former information minister Mohammad Ali Durrani demanded appointment of inquiry commission by the Parliament, saying after the alleged implication of Nawaz Sharif’s family in Panama leaks, the Prime Minister has lost the constitutional, legal and moral authority to constitute any probe commission.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Mohammad Ali Durrani, who also remained part of the Upper House of the Parliament in the past, proposed summoning of Joint Sitting of the Parliament so that it could formulate some mechanism to probe out the Panama leaks and even go for establishing a judicial commission to look into the whole affair.

He further said that as Prime Minister’s family members were directly involved in holding of offshore companies and stashing of money abroad so he stand no moral ground to remain in power and constitute any commission to probe the matter.

The former senator argued that if the Parliament can unanimously adopt the 1973 Constitution of 1973, 18th amendment and National Action Plan to curb terrorism, why it can’t take a unanimous decision regarding those facing the charge of economic terrorism to bring back the looted national wealth to the country and stop once and for all the loot and plunder of the national exchequer. “Now this is the right and responsibility of the Parliament, which is constitutionally a supreme institution, to unanimously appoint an inquiry commission and drawn out its Terms of Reference (TORs) in a joint session for ascertaining the truth regarding Pakistanis named in the Panama Leaks,” he stressed.

He said that the Parliament has a golden and historic opportunity to discharge its responsibility as the custodian of the constitution and law to rid the country of political, constitutional and legal crises, former minister for information said. Mohammad Ali Durrani said that he was waging war against corruption since 2011 and striving to bring back some $500 million stashed in foreign countries by the people of Pakistan through offshore companies and other hidden accounts.

He said that he had knocked at the doors of the Parliament today and would be approaching an alliance of over 140 states against the loot and plunder of national exchequer to secure their assistance in tracing out the offshore companies owned by some 200 plus people disclosed through Panama leaks.

He also thanked the support of President Supreme Court Bar Association Barrister Ali Zafar and renowned lawyer Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif in his quest for exposing all those involved in looting and plundering of national wealth so that each and every penny of looted money could be brought back.