PTI mulling taking to the streets after Eid

WEB DESK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to give tough time to the government after the month of Ramazan, as the party chairman Imran Khan on Sunday reiterated countrywide street agitation if the government failed to hold a fair and independent probe into Panama Leaks.

Informed source within the party told Business Recorder that a consultative meeting of the party’s senior leadership was held at the Bani Gala residence of Imran Khan where it was decided that the party would continue to exert pressure on the government both in and outside of the parliament to ensure transparent probe into the Panama leaks.

The meeting, which was also attended by the party’s chief election commissioner, deliberated upon mobilising the party activists for a countrywide anti-corruption movement.

PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is representing the party in the parliamentary committee on Panama papers leaks, separately met Imran Khan and updated him about the continued deadlock over the proposed terms of references (ToRs) in the committee that had representations from both the government and the opposition parliamentarians.

“The government team in the committee is in no mood to frame such ToRs that will make the Prime Minister and his family members accountable for Panama papers leaks. In such situation there is no reason for the party to retain membership to the committee,” Qureshi was quoted as having said during the meeting.

However, a statement issued by the party’s central media office, stated that future strategy regarding the parliamentary committee would be chalked out in consultation with the other opposition political parties on Tuesday when the committee would once again meet.

The two leaders agreed to continue efforts together with other opposition parties to take an independent and transparent investigation into Panama papers leaks to its logical conclusion.

Qureshi said that the efforts to create rift within the ranks of the opposition would not succeed, adding PTI was aware of the government’s desire to isolate the party through creating division within the ranks of combined opposition.

“PTI wants boarder consensus on the ToRs. Future strategy will be finalised after consultation with leadership of the joint opposition if the government continues to create hurdles in independent and transparent investigation into Panama papers leaks,” he said.

The parliamentary committee tasked to finalise ToRs with consensus has so far held meetings but the continued deadlock has threatened the future of the committee, as PTI has already hinted at distancing itself from the committee if the deadlock persisted.

The opposition members have submitted a draft of the proposed legislation titled “Panama Papers Act, 2016”, limiting the investigation into Panama papers leaks while the government representatives have presented draft of the proposed bill “Commission of Inquiry Act, 2016”, providing a broader investigation process beyond Panama papers leaks. – Business Recorder