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Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

PPP, ANP, Ja­mat-e-Is­lami and MQM have work­ing re­la­tion­ships with the rul­ing party PML-N. Fur­ther­more, PTI even sit­ting in op­po­si­tion benches has mi­nor or ma­jor po­lit­i­cal tus­sle with all the op­po­si­tion par­ties other than Ja­mat-e-Is­lami and no op­po­si­tion party would like this idea that PTI would lead them against the gov­ern­ment on Panama Leaks. Awami Na­tional Party (ANP) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) are against the de­mand for PM Nawaz Sharif’s res­ig­na­tion and MQM has a his­tory of com­pro­mis­ing with the in­cum­bent govern­ments so PPP will be re­mained in driv­ing seat till the is­sue will be de­cided be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion par­ties.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that Aitzaz Ah­san fol­lows the rhetoric of Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari while the leader of the op­po­si­tion Khur­shid Shah goes af­ter Asif Ali Zar­dari. “Prime Min­is­ter

From Back Page Nawaz Sharif will have to an­swer on Panama leaks; the gov­ern­ment’s boat is shak­ing; the game is now over for cir­cus lions and we want a trans­par­ent probe into the Panama leaks,” says Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari.

While con­trary to his young, en­er­getic rather in­ex­pe­ri­enced son, Asif Ali Zar­dari con­veyed to his mes­sage to Khur­shid Shah and es­pe­cially Aitzaz Ah­san to treat the gov­ern­ment le­niently so that the protest move­ment of the op­po­si­tion par­ties does not reach the point of no re­turn.

Noth­ing is free in pol­i­tics as it al­ways runs on give and take, the fi­nal bar­gain­ing be­tween the gov­ern­ment and PPP on the is­sue of Panama leaks is ex­pected in up­com­ing meet­ing of Prime Min­is­ter Mian Nawaz Sharif and ex-Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan and cochair­man of PPP Asif Ali Zar­dari on May 21 or 22 if the prime min­is­ter vis­its Lon­don ac­cord­ing to his sched­ule.

Im­ran Khan, chair­man of PTI, on April 06 threat­ened to go back to streets if Panama Papers are not in­ves­ti­gated on merit and this was an­nounced prior to sur­fac­ing his own and other party’s mem­bers’ names in off­shore com­pa­nies. Im­ran at that time did not show a moral courage to dis­close that he also es­tab­lished an off­shore com­pany to buy a flat in Lon­don and fur­ther­more Im­ran Khan is also fac­ing some pres­sure in­side the party to sus­pend the mem­ber­ships of those party’s lead­ers whose names are taken in Panama leaks. PTI leader Ja­hangir Tehreen, urged the gov­ern­ment to hold ne­go­ti­a­tions with op­po­si­tion par­ties at ear­li­est to re­solve Panama leak is­sue be­fore bud­get. Un­der these cir­cum­stances, it is least ex­pected that PTI would chal­lenge the gov­ern­ment with the same force and strat­egy once it chal­lenged dur­ing in 2014.

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