Deadlock emerges after TORs rejection by Opp and Govt

Zeeshan Javaid

Islamabad—A deadlock has emerged after the government and the opposition parties have rejected each other’s proposed TORs for investigation into the offshore companies owned by the Pakistanis.
The burning issue of Panama Leaks, which put the government leaders in hot waters seems going to cold storage. Opposition and government have straight away rejected the proposed Terms of References (TORs) with regard to probe the Off-Shore companies’ scandal against Sharif family as well.
Federal Minister of the Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday addressed a press conference in regards to the investigation of the Panama Leaks issue and stated that the matter is being politicized as various rallies being organized regarding the matter as they target only a specific personality and added that the opposition aims to gain political advantage out of the scenario.
Nisar stated that a number of people were named in the Panama Leaks including multiple representatives of countries around the world. He added that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif was the first leader of a country to react upon the issue as he formed a commission to probe into the matter.
He stated that Panama Leaks did not just cater the PM and his family but the PM decided not to hide from the issue.
Interior Minister stated that a number of judges were contacted to lead the investigation commission formed to probe into the matter, adding that if the government wanted not to face the matter it would not have contacted individuals having such high reputation including Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and Former Chief Justice Balochistan Justice Sahir Ali.
He said that opposition parties were given the opportunity to choose any Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officer of their choice to lead the investigation, further stating that a few individuals wanted media trial of the government regarding the whole issue. He said that the opposition demanded the formation of a parliamentary commission to probe into the matter but then deviated from the demand.
“I request the opposition not to mislead the public”, Nisar stated, further adding that the nation should be aware of the truth and that no obstacles need to be placed in this regards.
He said that all demands of the opposition were fulfilled regarding the investigation of the matter. Interior Minister said that no one needs to dictate any terms to the Supreme Court (SC) of the country as it can investigate the issue in any manner it wants to.

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