Govt to contact Opposition

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Following Opposition’s joint Terms of Reference (ToR) for Commission on Panama probe, the government has decided to contact Opposition parties for consensus.
According to reliable sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting in the Capital on Tuesday in the wake of Opposition’s agreement on the ToR.
The meeting was attended amongst others by senior cabinet members including Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and legal experts.
The sources told this scribe that the Prime Minister has decided to form a committee to contact the opposition parties on the ToR.
Sources described it as an important development saying earlier the government had emphatically refused to amend the ToRs it had sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for formation of a commission to investigate the Panama disclosures.
It is worth mentioning that senior PML (N) leaders had repeatedly and rejected outright amending the ToR pleading that these had been formed keeping in view the recommendations made by the parliamentarians during debate on Panama Papers in both the Houses of Parliament.
However, the opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Pakistan People’s Party the agreement on joint ToRs compelled the government to look into the points also endorsed by other Opposition parties including MQM, Jamaat-e-Islami, ANP and BNP (M).
The sources said that the meeting also discussed in detail the Opposition’s ToR in which the legal experts apprised the prime minister about various points.
The Opposition parties have demanded drafting of a special act for the Panama Papers Inquiry and Trial Act, for the formation of inquiry commission under supervision of the chief justice to investigate the prime minister and his family in three months.

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