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Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

He added that it was the job of the gov­ern­ment to re­move the dead­lock. We want to move for­ward. The gov­ern­ment in a state­ment con­firmed that it had re­jected all 15 points of the joint op­po­si­tion. The op­po­si­tion should is­sue new ToRs, the state­ment said.

The Gov­ern­ment side also cir­cu­lated among the mem­bers a doc­u­ment men­tion­ing rel­e­vant le­gal pro­vi­sions and com­ments re­lat­ing to the 15 ques­tions con­tained in the said Joint Op­po­si­tions ToRs. The Com­mit­tee agreed to con­tinue its dis­cus­sion on the Terms of Ref­er­ence in sub­se­quent meet­ings.

A 12-mem­ber par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee is in con­sul­ta­tion to form the ToRs. Six mem­bers from each side are con­sult­ing each other to fi­nal­ize ToRs that will move for­ward the process of in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral Pak­ista­nis who have been named in the Panama Pa­pers for allegedly evad­ing taxes through off­shore ac­counts. The gov­ern­ment re­placed Rail­way Min­is­ter Khawaja Saad Rafique with Law Min­is­ter Zahid Hamid to­day. Sen­a­tor Hasil Baz­injo, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Ishaq Dar, De­fence Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif, Akram Khan Dur­rani and Anusha Rah­man are in the com­mit­tee. The six mem­bers from the joint op­po­si­tion are Sen­a­tor Aitzaz Ah­san, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Ilyas Bilour, Bar­ris­ter Sai­ful­lah, Tariqul­lah and Tariq Bashir Cheema.

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