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Ex-SC judge to chair Pakistan's inquiry into Broadsheet revelations

Khalid Umar Malik
23 Jan 2021, 14:16 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The federal government has appointed former Supreme Court judge Azmat Saeed as head of the inquiry committee to investigate the matter of UK-based asset recovery firm, Broadsheet. The committee has been given the task of investigating and and establishing the responsibility, within 45 days, of those Pakistanis who, according to the firm's "fresh revelations," had allegedly illegally benefited and laundered money to off-shore banks.

Justice Saeed's appointment was announced by Pakistan's federal minister for information and broadcasting, Shibli Faraz, in a tweet on Thursday.

"The Broadsheet verdict was based on corruption stories of previous rulers. It contained the details of corruption, loot, and plunder committed before 2000, but another inquiry is required to look into the wrongdoings after 2000," Faraz said.

He said the Sharif family's hidden properties in the UK were unearthed by an impartial asset recovery firm Broadsheet, that had no grudge against the Sharifs.

The minister reiterated the government was only interested in bringing back the looted and plundered money stashed abroad, and punishing the corrupt.

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