Ruling clique to take leaders into confidence

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Opposition rejects enquiry commission; Imran urges unbiased investigation into Panama Leaks

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—A high level meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Monday decided to take the parliamentary leaders of the political parties into confidence on the formation and other relevant matters regarding the proposed inquiry commission on Panama Leaks before taking any final decision.
On the directives of Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the meeting was held at the PM House under the chair of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar.
Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Law Minister Zahid Hamid, Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch, and Adviser to PM Irfan Siddiqui, Senator Mushahidullah and Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman attended the meeting.
Sources said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Safdar, who also features in Panama Papers leaks along with her two brothers, also attended the meeting.
The meeting stressed to ensure execution of development projects more swiftly and foil the designs for bringing political instability in the country.
The participants of the high level meeting also emphasized that the efforts for restoration of law and order, deliverance from energy crisis and China Pakistan Economic Corridor and other infrastructural projects should continue with the similar pace.
The meeting also mulled over some legal points for their onward incorporation into electoral reforms to ensure transparency in the electoral process.
Sources said the ruling clique has contacted several leaders of opposition parties, including PTI’s Shireen Mazari and AML’s Sheikh Rashed who have been demanding PM’s resignation and constitution of a commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan.
However, major opposition parties Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday again rejected enquiry commission under justice (retired) Sarmad Jalal Osmany to probe Panama Leaks.
The PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira warned of staging protests if government forms commission according to its own will. The leader raised questions over PML-N’s credibility. He said if the government will write letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan then he will not refuse the request of government.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on his return from London said that unbiased inquiry of Panama Leaks could change fate of this country.
He reiterated his demand for establishment of a high-powered serving chief justice-led judicial commission to probe the Panama Papers leaks featuring alleged offshore assets of Sharif family. He announced to go to any extent for transparent probe of Panama leaks.

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