After talks between the government and opposition on formulating terms of reference (ToR) for holding probe into Panama leaks, which have failed, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided to present its own bill in Senate.
Talking to Business Recorder, Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the talks with government on ToRs have almost failed, leaving the PPP – the major opposition party in Senate – with no option but to move its own bill in Senate.
He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had directed the opposition leader in Senate, Aitzaz Ahsan to prepare the draft of the bill, which would be presented in Senate soon after consultation with opposition political parties.
When the government agrees on ToRs, he added, it would also have to go for legislation for its implementation. Since the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has resorted to delaying tactics, due to which the PPP was left with no option but to frame its own bill for legislation in this regard, said Babar.
He said that the passage of the bill from Senate will be a great edge as far as legislation on Panama papers leak is concerned as the government is not ready to proceed with the probe into Panama scandal.
“We’re aware that the bill will be passed by Senate as we’ve majority there. It will definitely be rejected by National Assembly, even then it will be great for the opposition as it will help highlight the issue,” he added.
About bringing the bill to Senate, he said Senator Aitzaz is working on it and once it is done, the bill be presented in Senate after taking all opposition parties onboard.
“In its last meeting, the PPP decided that if the government is not agreeing on ToRs, we should go for our own legislations. There were other options as well but it was agreed that the party will present its own bill in Senate in consultation with other opposition parties,” he added. -Business Recorder