‘Inquiry Act 1956’ not sufficient to probe into Panama leaks: Ahsan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan representing a join opposition on Wednesday rejected the ‘Inquiry act 1956’ proposed by the ruling PML-N government in a bid to help investigate the Panama Papers’ leaks.


According to Ahsan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has added only one clause in the proposed law, which cannot do justice with the infamous leaks probe. Major political opposition parties on Wednesday are meeting in the capital to finalise the Terms of References (ToRs) for the proposed inquiry commission to investigate the Panama Papers’ leaks upon, which they seek to judge the accountability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Key party members of a united opposition particularly, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf are attending the crucial meeting in the capital. The meeting would deliberate on putting forward a new law on ToRs against the government’s suggested act and resuming talks with the government party on the leaks probe, added Ahsan.

The PPP leader said the opposition parties decided to keep resumption of talks with the government as an option in today’s meeting after it received an invitation from the Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq to join the ToRs committee.

However, they earlier decided not to participate in the ToRs committee, he added. PPP leader Khursheed Shah is also attending the meeting who will take the remaining attendees of the meeting into confidence over his recent talks with the federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Both Shah and Dar had agreed bringing a new law on the table instead of the ‘Inquiry act 1956’.