PPP aban­dons ToRs body ...

Pakistan Observer - - PAGE 07 -

Speak­ing to me­dia PPP leader Aitzaz Ah­san said op­po­si­tion pro­vided the prime min­is­ter an op­por­tu­nity to clear his name, but the gov­ern­ment mem­bers kept in­sist­ing on re­moval of his name from the terms of ref­er­ence (ToRs).

When asked if form­ing the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee was a mis­take, he said that it can­not be termed as such as it showed the true face of rulers. “Nawaz Sharif proudly said in the par­lia­ment in his Bannu and Haripur ral­lies that he has pre­sented him­self and his fam­ily for ac­count­abil­ity, but now he has been ex­posed,” said Aitzaz.

Aitzaz stated he wants to bring all op­po­si­tion par­ties on “one con­tainer”.

Lawyer Latif Khosa told me­dia that he, on his party’s be­half, will file in­el­i­gi­bil­ity pe­ti­tion in ECP against five mem­bers of Sharif fam­ily as the dec­la­ra­tions they filed in the com­mis­sion were not based on truth.

“Pe­ti­tions will be filed against Nawaz Sharif, Shah­baz Sharif, Hamza She­hbaz, Cap­tain Saf­dar and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar”.

PPP spokesper­son sen­a­tor Farhat­ul­lah Babar said that the party Chair­man, Bi­lawal Bhutto, warned the rul­ing PML-N that its bid to pro­tect an in­di­vid­ual from ac­count­abil­ity will have se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions. On May 18, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion agreed to form a 12 mem­ber com­mit­tee in or­der to draft joint terms of ref­er­ence (ToRs) for an in­quiry com­mis­sion to probe Panama pa­pers.

The com­mit­tee was to con­sider op­tions for in­quir­ing into is­sues raised by the Panama Pa­pers in­clud­ing off­shore com­pa­nies, trans­fer from Pak­istan of funds orig­i­nat­ing from cor­rup­tion, com­mis­sion or kick­backs, and writ­ten-off bank loans. The com­mit­tee was to sub­mit a re­port to Par­lia­ment within two weeks. With exit of PPP from the com­mit­tee, there was no soul left in the fo­rum.

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