Panama leaks: Oppn ready for TORs talks

Islamabad - Nine opposition parties who met on Monday and Tuesday termed the government TORs as open ended with wide range of issues whose query would take years to conclude.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Fri 6 May 2016, 4:04 PM

The opposition has reacted positively to Nawaz Sharif government's announcement it was ready to engage with the opposition to thrash out a common ground on their respective terms of reference (TORs) for proposed judicial commission for probe into revelations made in the Panama leaks which both sides have otherwise rejected.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah, on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with a copy of the TORs propose by the combined opposition parallel to those earlier proposed by the premier in a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan requesting him to constitute the commission.
Nine opposition parties who met on Monday and Tuesday termed the government TORs as open ended with wide range of issues whose query would take years to conclude.
Talking to newsmen Shah called the prime minister as "a wise man" and hoped he would resolve the current political crisis with open mind failing which the country and the present democratic system would face dangerous consequences. He said he has consulted other opposition parties before writing the letter.
Earlier on Wednesday the premier had about two hours of huddle with key cabinet ministers and aides to work out strategy for neutralising opposition's current onslaught to target him and his family on the Panama Papers which contain references to his children's offshore companies and expensive London properties.
He rebuffed opposition allegations insisting that he has committed no corruption throughout his political career and underpinned the fact the leaks have not accused him of any wrongdoing.
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