Panama Papers inquiry
Islamabad—The opposition parties agreed in principle on Monday to initiate an enquiry against every politician named in the Panama Papers, insisting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be first.
In a meeting held at the residence of Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, the opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami Muslim League (AML) agreed to initiate the inquiry process from prime minister and his family and rejected the terms of reference presented by the PML-N government.
“We reject ToRs presented by the government in current form,” said PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira while addressing a joint press conference.
“The committee formed by opposition parties to look into the matter will meet tomorrow at 11am to finalise their recommendations for the terms of reference,” he added.
Kaira clarified that the session was not only attended by PTI and PPP but a total of nine opposition parties, all of which presented their suggestions on the possible terms of reference.
The PPP leader criticised the prime minister for not fulfilling his moral responsibility of initiating an unbiased probe following the Panama leaks.
The opposition leader also read the joint declaration agreed during the meeting, urging the government to seek advice from opposition parties for the legislation regarding the formation of judicial commission to probe Panama Papers.
The declaration jointly issued by opposition parties stated that the investigations should start with prime minister and his family.
The data from the Panama Papers, available on the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists — one of around 100 news organisations and 300 journalists that worked on mining the data simultaneously.