Con­sen­sus on new ToRs

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - INAM-UL-HAQ

The big­gest Panama pa­pers’ leak from the In­ter­na­tional Con­sor­tium of In­ves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ists (ICIJ) lays bare the ex­tent to which cor­rup­tion, tax eva­sion is made pos­si­ble by the global off­shore in­dus­try. In Pak­istan, protest of op­po­si­tion par­ties has forced PML-N gov­ern­ment to con­sti­tute a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion but now it is need of the hour to build con­sen­sus on ToRs [Terms of Ref­er­ences] to avoid po­lit­i­cal chaos.

The en­tire process of in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­pends on ToRs but gov­ern­ment did not shared any­thing with the ri­val quar­ters be­fore fi­nal­iz­ing it. Had the gov­ern­ment se­ri­ous for ac­count­abil­ity, it may have formed an in­quiry com­mis­sion based on mu­tu­ally agreed ToRs. The gov­ern­ment should once again ap­proach the op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties to dis­cuss the new ToRs of the Com­mis­sion af­ter PPP and PTI re­jected the ToRs con­tained in the let­ter sent by the gov­ern­ment to the Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan. But what­ever may be, there should be am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to the mat­ter. — Chak­wal, Bhag­wal

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