Govt urges top court to form poll panel

August 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday requested the Supreme Court (SC) to nominate three suitable sitting judges of the apex court for the inquiry commission to probe the allegations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) regarding rigging in the elections held in 2013.

Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights Barrister Zafrullah Khan in a letter addressed to the Registrar of the Supreme Court submitted that the federal government decided to constitute a Commission of Inquiry under the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1956 (VI of 1956) consisting of three sitting judges of the Supreme Court to enquire into the allegations levelled by certain political leaders regarding general elections-2013.

“Whether the allegations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that the general elections-2013 were manipulated or influenced by anyone for the benefit of a political party or individuals, have any basis and if so, fix responsibility thereof,” says the letter.

Secretary Law Justice and Human Rights requested the Supreme Court that the suitable nominations might be sent to the ministry identifying the names of three judges with one to be the president of the commission.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday while addressing the nation on television offered to set up a three-member judicial commission to probe election rigging claim.

In his 25-minute televised address to the nation, the prime minister requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to form a three-member judicial commission to probe the allegation of rigging and present its findings after the investigation.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court Registrar Syed Tahir Shahbaz confirmed receiving the letter of Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. “Yes, we have received the request and it would be formally processed and be forwarded to Chief Justice of Pakistan for consideration”, he said.