MNS comes out with convincing defence

CONTRARY to the hype created by a section of media, sanity prevailed and the National Assembly session on Monday, in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave a policy statement on the issue of Panama Papers, did not see pandemonium. The Opposition demonstrated maturity and did not opt for ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogans as per wishes of some over-ambitious circles and elements.
More important than this was that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came fully prepared and made a convincing case in his defence. He presented facts and figures to dispel the impression that he or his family members were involved in any wrongdoing. Dissatisfaction expressed by the Opposition notwithstanding, the fact remains that the Prime Minister gave all those details and responded to most agitating and burning questions relating to his family business including properties abroad and their sources of financing. This was what the opposition demanded and otherwise too there is nothing wrong in establishment of offshore companies as per practice the world over. Nawaz Sharif also blunted the opposition by making an offer for the setting of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to evolve consensus and comprehensive Terms of Reference (ToRs) for probe into Panama Papers issue, which meant throwing the ball into the court of the opposition. It was surprising that both Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah and Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan did not avail the opportunity of responding to the speech of the Prime Minister, which sent a clear message to all that the opposition now has no worthwhile case to plead. However, rejection of the comprehensive and argumentative speech of the Prime Minister also indicated that the objective was not investigation of the allegations but to destabilise the Government and throw Nawaz Sharif out. This message was also conveyed by ill-timed demand of PTI (just before speech of the Prime Minister) that it will accept nothing less than resignation of the Prime Minister. There are already rumours that some local and foreign forces were trying to destabilize the Government because of various reasons and therefore, the opposition must not rock the boat and instead sit together with the Government to sort out things amicably as per spirit of democracy.

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