Govt, opposition agree on 4-point preamble to ToRs

Parliamentary committee meets again today

Observer Report

Islamabad—The 12-member parliamentary committee comprising members of the government and opposition have agreed on a 4-point preamble to finalize terms of reference (TORs) for the judicial committee to probe Panama Papers allegations.
The parliamentary committee’s meeting continued for three hours at the Parliament House on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the opposition members provided four initial points while three points were tabled by the government representatives. Later, both sides agreed on a 4-point preamble.
Next meeting of the committee will commence at 11:00 am on Friday to consult TORs, he said. The minister stated that dialogue with the opposition members was held in a pleasant atmosphere and hopefully the matter will be resolved amicably.
To a question regarding conflict over Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s inclusion in the committee, Dar said the Law Minister has been included as an ex officio member. He cannot cast vote in the committee. If opposition has any objection, the government will look into the matter.He said the opposition has agreed to drop two points from its 15 points of TORs.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Khawaja Saad Rafique was confident that the opposition and the government will reach consensus on TORs for investigation into the Panama papers. He said there was no deadlock in talks.
He said those who own the offshore companies will come in the net of investigation process.
Talking to the media persons, Aitizaz Ahsan, who is also member of the parliamentary committee, said the opposition members are participating in the proceedings of the committee with an open heart and mind. He said the two sides reached some consensus in today’s meeting but there are issues that need to be worked out. He said we will not disappoint the nation on the matter.
In his remarks, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said “we want to make the investigation into Panama papers result oriented”

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