No quick resolution in sight: PM to appear in NA today

WEB DESK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is all set to announce some major decisions in his National Assembly speech today (Monday) regarding formation of judicial commission on the Panama Papers and indiscriminate accountability of all politicians.

A senior member of the ruling party told Business Recorder on Sunday that the prime minister will give a policy statement in the National Assembly that would help chart out a future course of action for accountability of all including people named in the Panama Papers.

He said the prime minister has already completed his consultations with his advisers and some top legal wizards of the country to ensure across the board accountability.

“The prime minister will announce a government committee to reach out to the opposition parties for unanimous terms of references on Panama Papers’ judicial commission,” he said.

He said the government has already announced his willingness to negotiate with the opposition parties to develop consensus on the terms of references for the judicial commission to probe all those named in the Panama Papers.

The ruling party member said that the prime minister may also announce formation of a separate accountability commission to hold all those involved in loans write-off, kickbacks and other corruption and malpractices accountable.

“All opposition parties will be taken into confidence on the accountability commission and the government may also consider a special legislation for it,” he said.

He said the accountability commission will be empowered to entertain public requests and petitions too against anyone involved in the corruption, misuse of authority or any other malpractice.

“All decisions of the accountability commission will be implemented on immediate basis and anyone proven guilty won’t be able to hold a public office in the future,” he said.

The joint opposition in the National Assembly and Senate walked out from the sessions for the five consecutive days in a protest against the prime minister’s absence in both the houses.

It is, however, yet not clear if the prime minister will also attend the Senate session to explain his position on the controversy surrounding him and his family.

The joint opposition has already submitted a questionnaire in the National Assembly secretariat for the prime minister to be answered, so it’s also not clear whether the prime minister will directly respond to all these questions, or only give his speech on the issue. – Business Recorder