ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court decision, declaring the petitions on memo controversy maintainable, has put the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, which had also taken up the memo issue for probe, in an awkward position and some of the committee members were of the view that the committee should leave the matter to the apex court.
Sources informed TheNation that when the memo matter was taken up by the Supreme Court, some of the members of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security had raised the issue in the committee arguing the apex court was the right forum to probe the matter so the committee should drop the memo issue for investigation.
The sources further said that now after the admission of petitions on memo issue for regular hearing and constitution of a high-powered judicial commission to probe the issue with vast scope and powers, the committee's findings would automatically subdue before it, as it would only be of recommendatory nature.
The sources in the committee further informed that though the chairman of the committee Senator Raza Rabbani's impartiality is aboveboard but they suspected that the government might use the committee as a tool against the Supreme Court's handling of the case, which would in a way pitch institutions against each other.
Some of the committee members when contacted by TheNation on condition of anonymity did not rule out the possibility of government using the committee as a tool against the Supreme Court and said that they would place their apprehensions before the court in the upcoming meeting of the committee on January 3.
They also agreed to the point that in the face of high-powered judicial commission headed by the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court the findings of Parliamentary Committee on National Security, just of recommendatory nature, would become superfluous.
It is pertinent to mention here that the PML-N members of the committee Senator Ishaq Dar and MNA Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbassi a couple of weeks back had furnished a request to the committee's chairman Rabbani to abstain from the committee's proceedings on the memo controversy as their party had moved the apex court on the matter showing no trust on the Parliament and its committees. But Rabbani and other members of the committee had persuaded them not to do so. The sources in the PML-N informed TheNation that their members would not become part of the committee's report on the memo controversy and would prefer to abstain from signing the committee's report on the matter.
The sources further said that some other members of the committee would also likely to abstain from the committee's proceedings on the memo controversy if their apprehensions on being used against the apex court as a tool were not removed by the committee's chairman.