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Opp ends boycott of NA, Senate

Opp ends boycott of NA, Senate

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The joint opposition decided on Tuesday to end its boycott of the National Assembly and Senate.

The decision came during a meeting by the joint opposition which was presided by Pakistan People's Party central leader Aitzaz Ahsan. 

Speaking to the media after the meeting leader of the opposition in the national assembly Khurshid Shah said “We will raise questions over the prime minister’s address in the national assembly.”

Explaining the decision he said, "How can we run away from the assembly. The assembly is our forum."

He added that it took ages for the Prime Minister to finally appear in the assembly. 

The opposition had staged a walk-out from the National Assembly on Monday following a 30-minute address of the prime minister over allegations hurled at him through the Panama Papers.

Aitzaz Ahsan said that the Prime Minister's speech in the assembly had brought up several question. "We will ask him questions in the assembly. If he does not reply we will think of another plan of action."

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “We are very serious in bringing to the public eye the thieves named by the Panama Papers.”

 “We will go to the assembly with a new set of questions,” Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid chief Pervez Elahi said.

On Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked the Parliament to form a committee to investigate allegations stemming from the Panama Papers leak.

"We are not afraid of anything and present ourselves for accountability," Nawaz told Parliament. “I request the House to join me in formulating a charter, like the one I had signed with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (late), to investigate Panama Papers,” he added.

The prime minister, who presented his tax record before the House and gave details about his family’s assets abroad and sources of financing, said further evidence could be presented to the committee.

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