ToRs deadlock to go against government
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.