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Joint session: Opposition members demand debate on Panama Papers

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ISLAMABAD:(APS)April 11, 2016-The joint sitting of the Parliament today unanimously passed a resolution reiterating the resolve to protect and implement 1973 Constitution at all costs.

The resolution, moved by Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, felicitated the nation on the Constitution Day and recognized the sacrifices rendered by the people of the country and political parties for upholding the constitution.

He said the history of 1973 Constitution demonstrates the sagacity shown by our political leaders to reach a consensus document.

During the session, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah demanded debate on the issue.

PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan stated that Prime Minister and his family members are accused of tax evasion.

Meanwhile, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was reluctant to hold debate as the matter was not included in today’s agenda.

Earlier on April 6, two adjournment motions were filed in the National Assembly seeking debate over documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm that he said indicate that the premier’s sons own several offshore companies.

Earlier, on the bill, seeking Conversion of Pakistan International Airlines into a public limited company, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told the House that the committee has made amendments to the bill with consensus.

Ishaq Dar pointed out that the government could pass the PIA bill with majority but it still pursued the course of negotiations to sort out the matter with consensus.

He gave the commitment that all the administrative actions against the employees will be withdrawn by tomorrow.

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said that the genuine demands of the opposition members have been accommodated in the proposed bill and rights of employees have been duly protected.

He presented before the House reports of ten-member committee on “The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill, 2016”, “The Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2014”, “The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2014”, “The Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015” and “The Privatization Commission (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015”.

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