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Published On: Tue, May 3rd, 2016

Panama Papers’ inquiry: Opposition insists on probing PM first

ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties on Monday agreed to initiate investigation against all politicians named in the Panama Papers, however, they insisted that being the head of state Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be probed first.

After holding a meeting 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.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) also held a meeting of its co-ordination committee with convener Nadeem Nusrat in chair and demanded of the prime minister to tender his resignation over Panama leaks to ensure transparency in the inquiry.

Issuing a declaration after the meeting, MQM maintained that the prime minister should resign from his post to steer the country out of the chaotic situation created after the Panama leaks.

“If he stays in the office, the opposition will question the transparency of the inquiry,” the party said.

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