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Negotiations delayed of Parliamentary Committee on Panama Leaks

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ISLAMABAD: (APS) JUNE 10,2016– Seventh meeting of the parliamentary committee has ended without any progress regarding Terms of References as deadlock persists between the government and the joint opposition over Panama leaks probe,APS reported Friday.

While talking to the media at the Parliament House after the meeting, Leader of the Opposition in Senate, Aitzaz Ahsan informed that next session of the committee will convene on Tuesday at 3pm.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the government wants to ‘save’ the premier and his family in probe over Panama leaks. He said that it was in vain to attend any further meetings of the committee.

Representing PTI, Qureshi said that the party was disappointed with the committee. He alleged the government of attempting to waste time through the time adding that he would discuss the issue with the party leader, Imran Khan.

He has told other opposition parties about his stance regarding not attending committee’s meetings anymore, Qureshi said.

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However, Awami National Party’s Ilyas Bilour opposed Qureshi on this and said that his party would make its representation sure whether other parties do or not.

ANP would not take dictation from anyone although Qureshi has the right to give his opinion, Bilour cleared.

A parliamentary committee was formed with six members each from the government and opposition to strike consensus over Terms of References for probe into alleged tax evasion and wealth stashing by premier and family using offshore companies.

Establishment of shell companies are generally believed to be a way to avoid taxes on any transaction, be it buying a flat or anything else.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Safdar and sons were named in the study monitored by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Opposition parties, mainly Imran Khan from Tehreek-e-Insaf called for premier’s resignation stating that he had lost moral authority to lead the nation. The Prime Minister, currently in London after his open-heart surgery, claimed his and family’s innocence in a speech in the Parliament and offered to form a committee comprising of parliamentary members to take the issue towards resolution.

Khurshid Shah, Leader of the Opposition accepted premier’s offer and called off the boycott of National Assembly and the Senate that was being observed at the time over Nawaz Sharif’s absence from sessions.

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