Panamagate case hearing will continue today in Supreme Court. The apex court has hinted at adequately empowering the proposed Panama inquiry commission. Earlier the Supreme Court had asked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to submit their Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the formation of a commission to probe the Panama Papers leaks. What will be the TORs?
In the federal cabinet, meeting participants concurred the government should take the same stance on TORs for the commission that it had offered to the opposition, mainly the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI), from the very outset. The government is willing for generic ToRs, but Imran Khan wants that any inquiry into Panamagate should start from Nawaz Sharif not from his family members as they are also mentioned holding offshore companies. This is the main point of disagreement between the PTI and the government. And neither side is willing to compromise.
PTI still wants their consent in the formation of TORs. Addressing the media outside the Supreme Court PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “The party will accept SC’s Panamagate commission if formed according to joint opposition’s TORs.” Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has earlier commented on the situation that “PML-N surrenders before the bench.” The government readily accepted the Supreme Court’s intervention over the matter, and PM Nawaz Sharif declared that he would take the result of the probe and if proven guilty will resign.
Apex court stated earlier that if no consensus were made on the ToRs between the two parties in the case, the Supreme Court would come up with its ToRs. It will be better for the PML-N to have talks with PTI and come up with joint TORs. They never wanted the investigation and always endeavour to resolve this issue politically, on the other hand, PTI should also try to have a common and agreed upon TORs it will leave no excuse for the PMLN to become political martyrs.
It’s an appreciated move by the apex court that they have felt the people’s agony and distress over the situation as both parties were not ready to budge. Supreme Court has taken the case over fundamental rights, and sensing the criticality of the matter; the court also made up its mind to hold hearings on a daily basis. Let’s assume that Panamagate case hearing for the first time in our nation’s history opens the new spheres the whole investigation will be carried out in free and fair manner, and accountability prevails.