Memo commission wastes no time

ISLAMABAD - Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa has summoned the first meeting of Judicial Commission tomorrow (Monday) for probing the memo controversy.
The Judicial Commission, which is constituted by the apex court to probe the memo scandal case, has issued notices to seven persons including DG ISI Shuja Pasha, Husain Haqqani, General James Jones and secretary foreign affairs.
The commission will hold its first meeting at Islamabad High Court building on Monday.
It is to be noted that Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Sindh High Court Chief Justice Mushir Alam are the members of the high-powered commission. Raja Jawwad Abbas Hassan, District and Sessions Judge, Islamabad has been appointed as secretary to the commission.
The court has appointed the commission in exercise of powers conferred upon it under Article 187 of the Constitution, Order XXXII, Rules 1 and 2 read with Order XXXVI of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980 coupled with the principle of Civil Procedure Code.
According to the court’s short judgment, the commission will be exercising all the powers of judicial officers for the purpose of carrying out the objectives and will be free to avail services of advocates, experts of forensic science and cybercrimes. All the federal secretaries, including the secretaries of Interior, Cabinet, Foreign Affairs, chief secretaries of all the provinces, FIA Director General, Inspectors General of Police of all the provinces and Ambassadors of Pakistan in USA and UK, will provide necessary assistance to the commission.
The government through Secretary Cabinet Division will provide logistic support to the commission, subject to its demands through the secretary of the commission. The commission will be authorised to collect evidence within and outside Pakistan according to prevailing laws on the subject. The commission will provide full opportunity of hearing to all the parties. The court asked the commission to complete its task within four weeks.

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