Govt ready to engage opposition on Panama ToRs: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: The government has expressed its willingness to engage the opposition for talks to prepare agreed Terms of Reference (ToR) for a judicial commission to investigate allegations leveled in the Panama Papers.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday evening, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, flank by, Law Minister Zahid Hamid, and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Law Barrister Zafarullah, said the government has decided to form a committee to negotiate with the opposition.

Khan said the opposition is not interested in solving the matter and only wants to continue it in the media.

He said a section of the opposition wants to protect some of its leaders, who have also established offshore companies. He said the opposition should avoid creating confusion and dictating the Supreme Court, adding the judiciary in Pakistan is fully independent and it can summon anyone to probe the Panama leaks.

The interior minister regretted that Imran Khan leveled allegations on the PML-N for the mistreatment meted out to women during PTI’s rally in Lahore.

He asked PTI and media to provide photographs of those, who misbehaved in the rally.

Speaking on the occasion, Law Minister Zahid Hamid presented an overall comparison of the Terms of Reference presented by the government and the opposition.

He said government’s ToRs are more comprehensive, while opposition only targeted the prime minister.