LAHORE - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said he will decide the Opposition reference against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after thorough consideration and applying the judicial mind.

Talking to media here yesterday Ayaz said, “Why should the prime minister quit the office when nothing has so far been established against him from the reference. I will go through each and every word of the reference and then decide the same applying the judicial mind as per the law and the Constitution. It is not a joke but a serious matter,” he said.

To a question on Rangers operation in Punjab, he turned down its need due to the satisfactory performance of the Punjab police. “The police have nabbed a number of hardened criminals,” he said laying stress on making hand of the police and other security institutions strong. He also praised the police for ensuring peace in Punjab.

To a question on negotiations on terms of reference on the Panama leaks inquiry, he said, the Opposition had placed condition before the government to show flexibility on the issue. As to the protest movement of PTI and the PAT, he said they would do no good to the country rather cause loss. He politely advised the protesting parties to shun the path of politics of agitation and let the country move on with development and progress. The PAT and the PTI should wait till 2018 when the public verdict will prove worth of every party on the basis of its performance, he added.