Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the National Assembly on Monday to give a policy statement on the Panama Papers controversy. The government had earlier announced that Prime Minister would appear in National Assembly on Friday, but it later changed the plan. According to sources in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would only readout a policy statement and avoid giving answers to specific questions raised by the opposition parties.
Opposition members, on the other hand, would try to force him to respond to even their supplementary questions. It is likely that the Prime Minister would all together ignore the opposition’s questions. Recently Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in clear terms that he is not answerable to the opposition on Panama leaks. Since the issue of Panama Papers first surfaced the Prime Minister has been very vocal and has adopted an aggressive approach.
In his public meetings and rallies the Prime Minister has directly targeted the opposition on many occasions. The ruling party’s Ministers have also been given the task to launch what can be described as a counter attack on the opposition parties and primarily the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan. Had the Prime Minister come to the parliament to clarify his position on the Panama Papers earlier things wouldn’t have reached this stage. Moreover, the Prime Minister ought to visit the parliament on a regular basis. After all the Prime Minister and lawmakers are sent to the parliament because of the public’s votes & not visiting the house means they are letting down their voters.
The PM has already made it clear that he is not answerable to the opposition.