PTI to ‘make a scene’ in PA today

LAHORE - The PTI-led opposition in Punjab Assembly is planning for an uproar in today’s session by taking up the issue of Panama leaks.

Since the disclosure of Panama Papers, there is a deadlock between the opposition parties and the government on Panama Leaks ToRs for constituting a commission to probe into the shocking dicsovery of offshore companies of Sharif family.

Though all the opposition parties of the parliament are unanimous on the constitution of a commission transparent and powerful enough to investigate the influential involved in corruption, the opposition parties - PPP, PML-Q and JI - didn’t support the idea of PTI staging a protest near the palace of the ruling family.

Imran Khan’s party staged a solo protest five kilometers away from Jati Umra palace of ruling Sharif family on September 30 giving a deadline to the Prime Minister to step down till the end of Muharram or present himself for accountability. In case of failure, the PTI warned to lock down the federal capital.

In a media briefing at Bani Gala, Imran Khan had announced his party would lay a siege to Islamabad on October 30 if his party’s demands regarding Panama Leaks were not met.

Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed told The Nation yesterday that PTI along with other opposition parties would take up the issue of Panama leaks in the House.

However, the PTI’s parliamentary party would meet today before the session to ponder upon more issues to be taken up in the session from the platform of his party, besides other issues agreed upon by all the opposition parties to be raised in the house, Rasheed added.

“All the opposition parties would support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Panama leaks issue in Friday’s session,” insisted the opposition leader when asked the opposition parties PPP, PML-Q and JI kept distance from Raiwind March.

A senior leader of the ruling party said Panama leaks is a federal subject and it would be tantamount to waste the time of the provincial legislature to be held to look into the important issues concerning the people of the province.

The ruling party would make all efforts to restrict the proceedings to the business relating to the public, he added.

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