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Govt took action against Axact on single news story, but a mysterious silence on Panama leaks: Qureshi

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) central leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that a common way should be chartered out on Panama leaks issue and if it was not done so opposition and people will be compelled to come on the streets.

“On the one hand, the government took action against Axact on single news story and on the other hand the FBR, NAB, FIA and other institutions have kept a mysterious silence on Panama leaks, which was beyond comprehension,” he said.

“Parliament is the first forum to deal with Panama leaks disclosures. If no solution is found and we fail to evolve a joint strategy then Chief Justice should take suo motu notice of the isuue. Some common way should be chartered out on the matter for the sake of democracy and political stability in the country. If it is not done so then people and opposition parties will be forced to come on the streets.

We did not stage sit-in on the issue and we have come to the house by pursuing a democratic way,” he said talking to media here on Friday outside the parliament house.

The government and opposition have agreed on formation of a committee on Panama leaks issue, he said questioning the status and nature of the commission. “The prime minister has proposed that the committee will be headed by a retired judge, however, the proposal has been rejected by opposition and the Supreme Court Bar Association,” he said.

“We have given proposals to the government to form a committee in the house on the issue to determine the scope of the commission. “We have proposed that the probe into the leaks should be conducted by a commission headed by Chief Justice. Forensic experts and international firm should also assist the commission,” he said.

He observed that no report of any commission was made public which were constituted in the past. “We cannot give indefinite time for preparation of a report by the commission,” he said.

He held that people attention could not be deflected from Panama leaks by raising the issue of Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

“One segment of society is becoming rich due to political corruption and other is getting poor,” he said.