PPP abandons ToRs body ...
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.