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My children are ready to face any commission: PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD, 07 MAY (DNA) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that his children were ready to face any commission that is formulated to probe allegations by the Panama Papers, however he would not let politics be played over under the garb of eliminating corruption.The prime minister on Saturday chaired a meeting with coalition parties to discuss the future political discourse over the Panama Leaks scandal.The prime minister took the coalition into confidence and discussed the Terms of Reference submitted by the opposition that lay down conditions for a probe on allegations on the PM.

It was decided during the meeting that the government will meet the opposition at the earliest.”The present government has shown commitment to eradicate corruption. We want to bring the coalition and opposition parties on one page,” the prime minister said, sources told to media.

During the meeting Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid briefed the participants over the opposition’s ToRs, sources said.According to sources, the meeting called at the PM house, was attended by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Functional chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, National Party of Pakistan chief Hasil Bizenjo and Pakhtoon Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Achakzai, among other federal ministers.

Speaking to the media after the meeting ended, Fazlur Rehhman said that government has formally received the ToRs however it has reservations over it. “The ToRs submitted by the opposition violate the constitution,” he said.

He added that the opposition makes demands but then does not stand by them. “We wrote a letter to the Chief Justice requesting him to probe the allegations by the Panama Papers because the opposition asked us to,” he said.

The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah wrote a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday, asking the government to hold a dialogue with opposition parties over the ToRs for the inquiry commission investigating the Panama leaks.

A high-level meeting at the Prime Minister House rejected the ToRs presented by the opposition, earlier this month. Leaders at the meeting claimed that the document unveiled by the opposition were not ToRs, but a parallel legal system that could not be accepted for any inquiry under relevant laws.

The government argued that the opposition’s TORs were based on ill-intentions aimed at entangling Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.The government had also accused the opposition of mistrusting the legal system and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. DNA






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