ToRs dead­lock to go against gov­ern­ment

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TTerms HE Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee as­signed the task of pre­par­ing con­sen­sus

of Ref­er­ence for probe into Panama Pa­pers, has failed to make any progress mainly be­cause the two sides are poles apart and un­will­ing to demon­strate flex­i­bil­ity in their stand. It met on Fri­day again but com­ments of Op­po­si­tion lead­ers af­ter­wards clearly hinted at a dead­lock in talks and no one is sure where this would ex­actly lead to.

PTI, a com­po­nent of the Com­mit­tee, was not much in­ter­ested in di­a­logue as it be­lieves more in street pol­i­tics than ag­i­tat­ing is­sues at Par­lia­men­tary fo­rums, has threat­ened to leave the body and re­sort, once again, to vi­o­lent pol­i­tics. It is un­der­stood that if dead­lock per­sists for some­time more, some other par­ties may also quit the Par­lia­men­tary process. The Gov­ern­ment jus­ti­fi­ably ar­gues that the ToRs of the Op­po­si­tion re­volve around the per­son of the Prime Min­is­ter and are de­signed to give a clean chit to oth­ers named in the scan­dal. This strength­ens the im­pres­sion that the is­sue is be­ing mis­used to desta­bi­lize the Gov­ern­ment and force the Prime Min­is­ter to quit. With­out go­ing into mer­its of ToRs of the two sides, we would point out that the un­cer­tainty would ben­e­fit the Op­po­si­tion and harm the Gov­ern­ment. This is be­cause the is­sue of Panama Leaks is not go­ing to sub­side in the back­drop of ul­ti­ma­tum given by the legal com­mu­nity to ag­i­tate it at ev­ery fo­rum. A part of the me­dia is also bent upon keep­ing the is­sue alive de­spite the fact that it is no more a burn­ing topic in many other coun­tries. The Gov­ern­ment will have to tread the path cau­tiously as the is­sue is there de­spite health con­di­tions of the PM and the re­sul­tant sym­pa­thy wave.

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