Panama Papers: PM expected to give ‘policy statement’ in NA tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to give a ‘policy statement’ on the issue of Panama Papers leaks in the National Assembly on Monday.

He was expected to attend the assembly’s session on Friday to face a number of questions tabled by the opposition members on the issue; but the decision to visit Lower House of the Parliament was suddenly postponed to Monday.

The opposition parties had protested for the fifth consecutive day on Friday and staged a walkouts from the National Assembly and Senate.

According to a Pakistan Radio report, the prime minister may announce tomorrow some important steps to ensure transparent probe into the Panama Papers issue and offshore companies.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Friday had already rejected the federal government’s request to form an inquiry commission to investigate the Panama Papers leaks.

Jamali said that the wide and open-ended terms of reference (ToRs) would result in the constitution of a “toothless” commission which will serve no useful purpose.