PM’s accountability not possible with govt-proposed ToRs: Aitzaz


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on Wednesday said that accountability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not possible under terms of reference (ToRs) proposed by the government for the constitution of an inquiry commission over Panama Leaks.


Speaking during an interview, he said Prime Minister Nawaz was running away from accountability process, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government wanted to save its own people while enforcing law on others.

Taking a jibe at the prime minister over the Panama Leaks issue, the PPP stalwart said despite his claims for being available for accountability, PM Nawaz in reality was running away from the grip of an independent inquiry commission.

“They want the nation to follow truck’s taillight,” said Ahsan referring to the government’s terms of reference that suggested an inquiry commission comprised of retired judges should conduct a probe into Panama Papers – a reference to massive leak of tax data which also includes names of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children among others.

Leaked confidential documents spanning over nearly 40 years that spell out the extensive use of tax havens by politicians, world leaders, and celebrities to launder money and evade taxes through one of the most secretive companies the Panamaian law firm Mossack Fonseca, had taken the world by storm.

The documents identify many Pakistani business tycoons and politicians including late two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as well certain members of the ruling Sharif family to have used tax havens to hide their wealth.

Speaking during today’s interview, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan further said the joint opposition wants probe of Panama Papers leak through a special act.

He said he could not see any way forward any longer after the government, according to him, rejected the ToRs proposed by them a day earlier. “Prime minister’s accountability is not possible under government’s ToRs,” he said.