Ever since the unprecedented leak of millions of documents from an offshore law firm, dubbed the Panama Leaks, there has been an uproar amongst the opposition parties in Pakistan. The Panama Leaks include the names of Nawaz Shareef’s children and allege that they have holdings in offshore companies.
During the recent National Assembly (NA) session, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan, threatened to launch a protest and take to the streets, in case the Panama Leaks issue is not investigated on merit. The NA session was specially convened on Thursday so that a consensus could be reached regarding this issue which has rocked the boat of the current government.
In a recent address to the nation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that an independent commission will be set up, headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, to investigate the allegations made in the Panama Leaks. However, none of the opposition parties have liked the suggestion, and they are demanding their own solutions to the problem.
Imran Khan is demanding that the judicial commission should be headed by a serving chief justice of the Supreme Court rather than a retired judge.
“Prime Minister should present himself before the commission for accountability,” the PTI chief said. “Forensic experts should also be made part of the commission,” he added.
Meanwhile the Leader of Opposition, Syed Khursheed Shah suggested that international bodies should be involved in this investigation.
“Prime Minister is responsible for all state affairs,” he said, adding: “Nobody will accept the government’s judicial commission on Panama leaks.”
“Panama Papers’ revelations should be audited by an international firm,” Shah demanded. “We wouldn’t accept anything other than an international audit,” he said.
The government has still not changed its decision and a spokesman on the matter said that if anyone has any objection, they can go and knock the door of the Supreme Court.