Opposition preps seven blunt questions for PM Nawaz over Panama leaks
ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties have prepared a list of questions they want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to answer when he will attend the ongoing session of the National Assembly on Friday.
The premier agreed to come to the house after the opposition parties said they would not end their ongoing boycott of both houses of parliament unless Nawaz Sharif clarified his family’s position on revelations in the Panama Papers that his three children had secret offshore holdings.
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The opposition wants to ask the prime minister to disclose in the house his family’s sources of wealth, their properties and bank accounts abroad and their net worth and the taxes they have paid over the past 30 years.
The questions were prepared in a meeting of the opposition parties chaired by Leader of Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan on Wednesday. After opposition lawmakers staged a walkout from the National Assembly Wednesday afternoon, MPs from the PPP, PTI, MQM and JI joined Senator Ahsan in his chamber in the Parliament House to thrash out the questions.
The questionnaire was later handed over to Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq when the upper house was in session.
Later while speaking to the media outside the Parliament House, Senator Ahsan said Premier Nawaz should answer these seven ‘simple’ questions. The questions have been given to the prime minister in advance so that he could come to the house prepared.
Senator Ahsan assured the government that if the responses satisfied them, the opposition parties would call off their protest and ‘sit quietly.