The government has no plan to put up new proposals in today’s (Tuesday) meeting of Parliamentary Committee of the two houses to choreograph Terms of References (ToRs) for proposed judicial inquiry commission to probe Panama Documents.
Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, who had significant meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London a day earlier and inquired after him who is recovering at faster pace after his complex cardiac surgery in London clinic, has returned Islamabad and he will convey the committee members what had been transpired in his discussions with the prime minister with regard to accountability.
Highly placed sources told The Truth Pursuit that the prime minister has impressed upon the need to maintain decent ambiance in the course of discussions in all interactions and avoid any unnecessary confrontation on any count. The government has already taken a principal decision that despite Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf demand the question of accountability of kick-back takers and those who got loans written off from the fiscal institutions wouldn’t be taken off from the ToRs. Both the points are the part of the resolution that was adopted by the Parliament unanimously, the government sources insisted.
It is unlikely that the Tuesday meeting that would be 10th of committee gathering would become ‘terminal’ for it. The government is insisting that the ToRs should be corruption specific but not person specific since the Panama Papers were leaked under the pretext of their link with corruption.
The sources reminded that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did offer himself for accountability but it doesn’t mean that he should be targeted through the ToRs although his name didn’t appear in the so-called papers.
The PTI is impressing upon the other members of the committee to boycott its proceedings but other parties aren’t in agreement with it in this regard. It would again impress upon the fellow members today before the commencement of the meeting to leave the committee, the sources said.
The government wouldn’t accept the amendment proposed by the PTI-PPP members in the proposals of the government since they have made it more stubborn, unreasonable and person specific.
The sources made it clear that the government wouldn’t budge to the pressure tactics of the PTI and the PPP regarding launching of agitation against the government since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked his party plainly not to agree to any proposal under pressure whatsoever.
The deadlock is still persisting and opposition members who declined to standby the PTI position in previous meetings would continue with their standpoint, the sources added.