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Panama Papers' inquiry: Opp agree upon ToRs

Panama Papers' inquiry: Opp agree upon ToRs

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Most of the parties in the Opposition have reached a consensus on Terms of Reference (ToRs) to probe into off shore assets of Prime Minister Nawaz’s family.  

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, briefing the media on Tuesday after a meeting conducted by opposition parties to decide the ToRs, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family should be the first to be probed under an inquiry commission set-up to probe Panama Papers.

“The process of accountability needs to be initiated, and the prime minister and his family should be the first to be probed by the inquiry commission set-up to investigate the Panama Papers,” said Ahsan.

"In our earlier meeting, it was decided by all opposition parties that the ToRs presented earlier by the government were unacceptable."

Regarding the formation of an inquiry commission, Ahsan said a special act would be drafted, the Panama Papers Inquiry and Trial Act, under which the inquiry commission would be formed ─ under the supervision of the chief justice ─ to investigate the prime minister and his family in three months.

The prime minister and his family should be probed in an international investigation in to the matter, stated the PPP leader.

He added that all foreign assets, how they were obtained, how much tax was paid, which year they were bought in and what funds were used in their purchase needs to be investigated.

All opposition parties have rejected the ToRs announced by the government, but only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has threatened to resort to “street agitation” if ToRs were not finalised in consultation with opposition parties.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had unilaterally announced holding a long march towards the Raiwind residence of the Sharifs, but later the party put the plan on hold after getting a cold response from other opposition parties.

Similarly, the PTI’s call for resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to face the inquiry into the allegations of money-laundering and tax evasion in the wake of Panama Papers leaks has also not been given serious consideration by a number of other opposition parties, including the PML-Q and ANP.

 

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