Dar, Shah agree on new law to examine Panama leaks

Opposition meets today to finalise stance over ToRs

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Government and Opposition on Tuesday agreed to make a new law to investigate corruption cases, including Panama Leaks, instead of amending 1956 Inquiry Act. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said that there’s agreement on making the new law but disagreement still persisted on the process.
In a meeting between Khurshed Shah and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, it was agreed upon that a new law will be formulated to investigate corruption cases. Both the leaders agreed not to amend the 1956 Inquiry Act.
Ishaq Dar said that a law existed for sixty years while Supreme Court had already declared it ineffective. He said that strengthening the law was necessary to weed out corruption. “I have requested Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Khursheed Shah to mediate on the issue of Terms of References. We want to call ToRs Committee’s meeting as soon as possible and make the Accountability Act suggested by the government public after the meeting of the committee members”, said Dar.
Khursheed Shah said that the schedule for calling the meeting will be finalized after consultation with Pakistan People’s Party leader Senator Aitzaz Ahsan. He told that there was agreement on formulating a new law for accountability but disagreement still persisted on the process.
Meanwhile, Opposition parties have summoned a meeting today to finalise a strategy regarding deadlock over Terms of References with the government on Panama leaks probe issue.
Members of the joint opposition will convene a meeting in office of Leader of the Opposition in Senate, Aitzaz Ahsan on Wednesday at 11:00am.
Reportedly, there has been no contact between the opposition and the government over ToRs deadlock ever since.
Representatives of Pakistan People’s Party besides Aitzaz Ahsan, Muslim League-Q, Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami and others will attend the meeting.
Head of Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Sherpao, Sheikh Rashid, Senator Israrullah Zehri have also been invited to take part.

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