Federal govt decides to contact opposition regarding TORs for Panama Papers investigation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal government and its allied parties on Saturday decided to contact the opposition regarding Terms of Reference (TORs) for a Commission to probe the Panama Papers allegations.

The decision was made in a meeting of coalition parties chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House in Islamabad in which they discussed political matters including Panama Papers investigation and overall situation in the country.

The meeting was attended amongst others by the Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Mir Hasil Bazenjo of National Party (NP) and Chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Zia (PML-Z) Ijazul Haq.Nawaz Sharif chairs coalition parties meeting

During the meeting, the Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid briefed the participants about the TORs presented by the opposition. The consultation on the letter sent to the prime minister by the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah was also made.

It was decided in the meeting that a committee would be constituted comprising members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and its coalition partners. It was also decided to contact the opposition regarding the TORs for Panama Papers revelations.

The allied parties, during the meeting, expressed their full confidence over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that with the accomplishment of the prime minister’s agenda, economy will be further strengthened.

Talking to media after the meeting, the JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the TORs presented by the opposition parties were contradictory to the law and Constitution; therefore, the allied parties didn’t give their consent for them. He said that they had reservations over three opposition’s TORs.