ISLAMABAD - Although the incumbent government is set to form a judicial commission to probe the Panama leaks, it has still not shown willingness to make the reports of Abbotabad Commission, Missing persons and others public.

In order to bind the PML-N government, the opposition parties will not only focus on launching investigation into the Panama leaks, but also make all-out efforts to force the government to enact an effective law to make the report of the commission public and implement its findings as well.

The reports of the commissions on high-profile cases, including Abbotabad Commission, Missing Persons Commission and others, have been compiled, but ordinary Pakistanis remained unaware of their findings because they were not made public.

Hamoodur Rahman, Missing Persons commissions and several other commissions were formed to investigate high-profile cases in different regimes, but their reports were never made public while the recommendations of some of the commissions which were shared with media were never implemented in letter and spirit.

Even the report of the Abbottabad Commission, headed by Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, was submitted to the then prime minister in January 2013, but its report was never shared with the masses.

The commission was given a task to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. The commission interviewed 201 people from different walks of life and compiled its report, but it was not made public.

Likewise, the commission to probe the missing persons’ cases also compiled the report, but could not take time from the prime minister to submit it. This commission was also given extension till September 15, 2015, for further work on the pending cases. Talking to this newspaper, the head of the commission, said the report had been completed to submit it to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after the revelations of the Panama leaks, announced to set up a judicial commission to find answers to the questions being raised by the media regarding the sources of money that had enabled his sons Hussain and Hasan to float offshore companies in 2006.

Later, the PM, seemingly sensing the unsatisfied charged opposition, also announced in the same month to write a letter to the chief justice to constitute a commission comprising sitting judges of the apex court.

Now, in another move, formation of the judicial commission to investigate the Panama leaks has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

Commenting on such a political panorama, the opposition parties are of the view that the government should enact a law to implement findings of commissions.

Talking to The Nation, PPP senior lawmaker Naveed Qamar said his party wanted proper enquiry into the Panama leaks to ascertain the real situation. PPP’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly, Aijaz Jhakrani, asserted there was a need of proper investigation, adding the reports of the commission should be made public.

PPP senator Taj Haider said there was a need to solve the problems of the masses. “The real issues of the people must be addressed,” he added.

PTI’s Dr Shireen Mazari said all commissions formed under 1956 Act are toothless. “This is the reason that we are focusing on proper TORs and forensic audit by international experts,” said Mazari, talking to The Nation. She added that the incumbent government should make public the reports of previous commissions.

When contacted, MQM senior member Ali Raza Abidi said in many cases efforts of joint investigation teams were put on the back burner. “Many JIT and commission reports that have gone against the forces or the government have been put on the back burner,” said Abidi.

He, however, said since a judicial commission on the Panama leaks was going to be headed by the chief justice, it would be the judiciary’s responsibility to implement the verdict.