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Government rejects opposition TROs, open to negotiation

News Desk
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday said that the Government rejected the Terms of References (TROs), prepared jointly by the opposition parties, and invited them to negotiate and prepare new TROs in collaboration with the government.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Law Minister Zahid Hamid, and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Law Barrister Zafarullah said the government has decided to form a committee to negotiate with the opposition.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the opposition did not want to solve this matter and want to continue it only in the media. He said a section of the opposition wants to protect some of its leaders, who have also established offshore companies.

The Minister said the opposition should avoid creating confusion and dictating the Supreme Court. He said the judiciary in Pakistan is fully independent and it can summon anyone to probe the Panama leaks.   The Minister regretted Imran Khan’s allegations on Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) for the mistreatment meted out to women during PTI’s rally in Lahore.

Speaking on the occasion, Law Minister Zahid Hamid presented an overall comparison of the Terms of Reference presented by the government and the opposition. He said government’s ToRs are more comprehensive, while opposition only targeted the prime minister.

Referring to the mistreatment with the women during Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf s (PTI) rally held in Lahore on Sunday, Nisar condemned the incident and said that those responsible will have to face the law and stated that PTI needs to cooperate with the government in this regards and inquired at the same time that “why are women mistreated in the rallies of PTI alone?”.

He further added that allegations are being leveled against the government by those who have their own offshore companies. He stated that breakthrough needs to be made not by placing allegations but through investigation carried out by the commission. He complained that the tax evaders are also voicing their concerns after the onset of the Panama Leaks. “PM pays his taxes but it is said that he does not (pay taxes)”, Nisar said.

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