Imran too will explain his position?


WEB DESK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan may attend the National Assembly session today (Monday) to explain his position on an offshore company that he has already admitted to form in 1983 and press the government to formulate unanimous terms of references (ToRs) for a judicial commission on Panama Papers.

An official of the party told Business Recorder on Sunday that Khan will reach Pakistan from London early Monday morning and has already convened the parliamentary party meeting at his residence in Banigala to discuss the issues arising from Panama leaks.

“Imran Khan will decide whether to attend the National Assembly session or not following detailed discussions with his party members,” he said.

He said the party members will also discuss about Khan’s offshore company and devise a strategy on it to speak in the National Assembly session and present a thorough case in the national media too.

The official said the party members will also devise their strategy on what to do during presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly where he is likely to give a policy statement on the Panama Papers.

“Senior PTI members will also discuss about their role and plan in joint opposition meeting that will take place in the Parliament House before the National Assembly session,” he said.

The official said that if Imran Khan participated in the Lower House session, then he would give a speech on the Panama leaks’ issue and explain his position on the offshore company too.

The joint opposition has decided to meet in chamber of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah in Parliament House before commencement of the National Assembly session to formulate their strategy for the session.

Members of the main opposition parties including the PTI and Pakistan Peoples Party have already reached a consensus with the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq that they would not disrupt the prime minister during his speech in the house and present their stance with patience too.

PTI deputy parliamentary leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that his party members will not make disturbance during the prime minister’s speech in the Lower House on Panama Papers.

The opposition members await the prime minister’s arrival in the National Assembly and his official response on the Panama leaks, he said, adding they would ask specific questions from the government representatives on the issue too.

Shah said the prime minister should answer to the opposition’s seven questions already submitted in the National Assembly secretariat in his speech as otherwise his address will be of no use.

Source: Business Recorder

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