PTI rejects ethics committee to probe Ayesha Gulalai charges

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Shireen Mazari NA Sot 07-08
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rejected the Parliament’s ethics committee formed to probe the allegations leveled by Ayesha Gulalai against the PTI leaders including Imran Khan.

The PTI’s chief whip at National Assembly Shireen Mazari wrote a letter to the NA speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the purpose.

In her letter, she proposed that the parliament should appoint an independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards office, as done by the “mother of all parliaments”, the British Parliament.

The probe task cannot be assigned to a committee that comprises a majority of the government members as a committee consisting of political rivals in majority cannot be impartial, Mazari said.

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Addressing a press conference yesterday (Monday), PTI Chairman Imran Khan also opposed the formation of the ethics committee, terming it an “illogical move”.

Khan also demanded the formation of an independent panel to first ascertain whether such cases were genuine or not.

It should be mentioned here that the PTI chief had earlier welcomed the formation of the committee, before details of its composition emerged.

Khan claimed that the issue involving Ayesha Gulalai’s allegations was raised by the government itself.

Replying to query if he was willing to offer his Blackberry phone for examination, Khan declined to provide his phone, saying: “Evidence is provided by the person who levels allegations; it is her responsibility.” –SAMAA

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Story first published: 8th August 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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