LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari here on Friday said the Supreme Court (SC) had rejected Terms of Reference (ToRs) laid down by the government for investigation into Panama Papers leaks, now the government would have to accept ToRs of the opposition.
“The government has left no place to hide now. The issue of ToRs should be jointly resolved,” he said while addressing a party meeting in Lahore on Friday.
He was of the view that issue of ToRs should be resolved by the opposition and the government in joint sitting.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has today refused to constitute a judicial commission as requested by the government to investigate revelations made in the Panama Papers implicating political leaders for having offshore wealth.
The leaked papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposes how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted their money offshore, and also implicated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sharif’s children Hasan Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.
The chief justice responded to the government letter, saying that formation of commission was impossible in view of the terms of references laid out by the government.
He said a considerable amount of time was required to form a commission under current ToRs.
“Yet another loss for the government. SC has rejected their TORs. Nowhere to hide now. GOP will have to sit with opposition & draft new TORs.” Bilawal posted this on his Twitter account after the CJP’s response to the government letter.
He said they (opposition) desired indiscriminate accountability, but it should begin with the prime minister. He also said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was not refraining from rigging in elections. The by-elections of Peshawar, PK-8, were won by PPP but the results were altered.
Bilawal also said bright days of PPP were fast approaching. The conditions would soon change in Punjab as well.
“Organising committees should formulate plans and I would come wherever called. I would personally visit every city of Punjab to hold public gatherings,” the chairman PPP said.