Federal Law Minister Nazir Tarar has said that the government has decided to send the audio tape of the conversation between former Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra for forensic audit.
According to the report of Dawn newspaper, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Azam Nazir Tarar revealed that the Ministry of Law and Interior has consulted on the matter and a decision to take any action will be taken after the forensic report is compiled.
He said that every parliamentarian takes an oath to uphold the national interest, federal and provincial ministers take an additional oath to discharge their responsibilities according to law.
However, the conversation between Shaukat Tareen and Taimur Khan Jhagra indicated that Taimur had violated his oath as Finance Minister while Shaukat Tareen had prioritized politics over the state.
He further said that in my opinion this is not only a violation of national interest but also treason.
Commenting on the contempt of court proceedings against former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Islamabad High Court, the federal minister expressed hope that the case will be decided according to the examples of similar cases in the past in which the members of the assembly of other parties.
Referring to the Supreme Court’s decision in 2015, Azam Nazir Tarar said that a bench headed by then Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had heard a contempt of court case against Imran Khan when he had called the judiciary during the 2013 elections. His character was called shameful.
Azam Nazir Tarar further said that Imran Khan was let off with a warning in the case and he had vowed never to use such remarks again for the judiciary.
He also mocked Imran Khan’s reply submitted in the Islamabad High Court and said that if a former prime minister cannot distinguish between a session judge and an executive magistrate, then he should examine whether he is on the country. Are they qualified to rule or not?
In his reply to the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday, Imran Khan explained that he was under a misconception that Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry was probably an executive magistrate who performed executive or administrative duties on the orders of the federal government.