Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, directed remove the names of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s counsel Farooq Naek from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report of fake accounts cases.
“What’s the role of Bilawal in the case,” questioned the CJP during the hearing. The lawyer of the joint investigation team, Faisal Siddiqui, also appeared before showed up in the court.
The chief justice asked the rationale behind putting the name of Bilawal Bhutto on the ECL. “What wrong did he do to come to Pakistan. Why has this innocent kid’s name on the ECL? Did the JIT put him on the no-fly list to defame him”, interrogated the CJP.
Justice Saqib Nisar said that Bilawal bhutto is here just to carry forward the mission that was started by his mother Benazir bhutto.
Similarly, Chief Justice envied the JIT for putting the name of Sindh Chief minister Murad Ali Shah on the ECL. “It should have seen first that he is the chief executive of a province.” remarked Justice Nisar.
It is important to notice that Joint investigation Team had also highlighted the name of Zardari group and OMNI group in the mega money laundering case. Following the report of JIT, federal government put the names of 172 people in no-fly list that included Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, former chief minister Qaim Ali Shah and other PPP leaders and businessmen.
Farooq H. Naek who was the counsel of Mr. Zardari,expressed the report of JIT was definitely biased. “Let us avoid commenting on the report.” the CJP said because the report had also revealed some new insights into the case.
Attorney general of Pakistan informed the top court about the meeting that will be help on the issue of placement of names on ECL.
Supreme Court directed Federal government to review its decision and mention the rationale of placing the names of 172 people on Exit Control List.