Government and opposition have indulged in seven rounds of negotiations over finalizing terms of reference for the formation of judicial commission to probe revelations of Panama Papers. But there is hardly any development and both the parties are firmed on their stance and impasse over TORs continues.
Ahead of another scheduled round of talks members of both sides in the parliamentary committee seem hopeful about finding the way forward. Opposition holds government responsible for using the delaying tactics in such a manner that inquiry should not be initiated from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. On the other side government believes that all the focus of the opposition is to just target Prime Minister and their demand of probe lacks basic essence of proper inquiry of the matter.
It could be possible that Prime Minister is out of the country and in his absence government’s team in the committee doesn’t have authorization power to reach a deal with the opposition. On part of the opposition, they are trying best to not let fade away attention of media over the issue until judicial commission forms.
Though government has been successful to manage its affairs, particularly with the budget process, but it is evident that issue of Panama Papers is still a major and clear distraction. Given the fact that government always shows flexibility to break the impasse, government needs to find a suitable and reasonable way forward over the issue.
Both parties should also focus to improve overall tax and financial system in the country, but sadly this aspect is missing in negotiations.
Government always shows flexibility to break any impasse.