PML-N leaders asked to examine opposition’s ToRs

WEB DESK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday asked his party’s senior leaders to examine the combined opposition’s Terms of References (ToRs) sent to him by leader of the opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah for the proposed judicial commission to investigate the allegations levelled in the Panama Leaks.

Sources privy to the development told Business Recorder that in an informal meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, the government also expressed readiness to negotiate with the opposition to resolve the deadlock caused by two different sets of ToRs.

The sources further said that a team has been constituted comprising Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid, Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman and Prime Minister’s special assistant Barrister Zafarullah Khan to deliberate upon the opposition parties’ ToRs.

They said that Prime Minister also instructed the team to study the legal and constitutional aspects of the opposition parties’ ToRs ands also to prepare a letter based on legal points, which the prime minister will send back to the leader of the opposition in response to opposition’s letter.

The government has already rejected the opposition parties’ ToRs but the sources said it was decided that a committee would be constituted to negotiate with the opposition with a view to arriving at ‘consensus’ ToRs after a response to the prime minister’s letter to the leader of the opposition, which is expected to be sent today (Saturday).

The sources further said the prime minister also instructed the senior party leaders for an early resolution of the deadlock on ToRs with a view to starting investigations into the allegations levelled in the Panama leaks.

The seemingly united opposition on the Panama leaks, however, appears to differ on the PTI’s plan to stage a sit-in in front of Raiwind residence of the Prime Minister in case the opposition’s ToRs are not accepted, as other political parties are yet to explain their positions. – Business Recorder