Panama Leaks scandal, political situation and organizational matters discussed
Warns government on food dragging on ToRs
Islamabad June 23, 2016: A meeting of the senior Party leadership was held in Zardari House Islamabad Thursday under the Chairmanship of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and discussed a host of current political issues in the country and organizational matters of the Party.
The meeting was attended by former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Ms Faryal Talpur, Syed Khursheed Shah, Aitzaz Ahsan, Nayyer Bokhari, Syed Naveed Qamar, Qamar Kaira, Sherry Rehman, Noor Alam Khan, Aijaz Jakhrani, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Faisla Karim Kundi, Latif Khosa, Jamil Soomro and Farhatullah Babar.
Senator Aitzaz Ahsan briefed the meeting on the great lengths to which the opposition parties in the bi-partisan Parliamentary Committee had gone to formulate agreed Terms of Reference (ToRs) for probing the Panama Leaks scandal.
The meeting expressed grave concern over the foot dragging resorted to by the ruling coalition in carrying forward the Panama leaks investigations and warned the government that it could result in serious political repercussions.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting decided to consult all the parties on the situation arising out of the government bid to discourage the parliamentary committee from ensuring credible, effective and across the board accountability of all those involved in the scandal.
“The ruling party has been thoroughly exposed and in its bid to protect an individual from accountability it is resorting to dangerous brinkmanship which can result in serious repercussions”, Bilawal Bhutto warned.
Stressing the need for an impartial and effective accountability mechanism in the country the meeting vowed to vigorously pursue the Panama Leaks scandal, the Spokesperson said.
The meeting also stressed the need for unity in the opposition ranks in formulating a robust and credible response to the ruling coalition sidetracking the issue, he said.
Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting also decided to file petition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before the Election Commission of Pakistan for his disqualification from holding public office.
Simultaneously another case will also be filed in the NAB against the Prime Minister, he said.
He said that Sardar Latif Khosa briefed the meeting on the dossiers for filing petition before the ECP as well as case in the NAB.
It was decided that both the petition before the ECP and NAB reference will be filed by Latif Khosa on behalf the Party at the earliest.
The meeting also reviewed the re-organization matters of the Party in all the provinces and directed the respective provincial coordination committees to step up the reorganization process in accordance with the guidelines already issued in this regard.
Spokesperson said that the meeting condemned the kidnapping of the son of Chief Justice Sindh High Court and the targeted assassination of Qawwal Amjad Sabri in Karachi in quick succession.
Expressing grave concern over these incidents the meeting called for investigating whether the spurt in the incidents of targeting high profile and high value individuals was part of some larger design of the militants and their backers.
The meeting also offered fateha for the soul of Qawwal Amjad Sabri and expressed profound sympathies with the bereaved family members.