Panama Papers: Opposition parties set to discuss agitation today

Published: April 26, 2016
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Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed. PHOTO: NNI

Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: Opposition parties in the Provincial Assembly will attend an All Parties’ Conference (APC) on Tuesday (today) to discuss the possibility of launching a joint protest movement in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

The APC, called by Leader of Opposition Mehmoodur Rasheed, will be held at the Provincial Assembly’s Opposition chambers.

Leaders from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) would attend the meeting.

The opposition leader has asked parliamentary leaders to discuss the possibility of the agitation movement with their central leaderships to allow the APC make a conclusive decision.

The APC will also take up the issues of delay in wheat procurement and problems faced by farmers with regard to the supply of gunny bags, and the recent deaths in Layyah blamed on poisoned sweetmeats.

A press conference is scheduled at the assembly at 3pm after the meeting.

Layyah deaths

The opposition leader visited the Layyah DHQ Hospital and the bereaved families on Monday. Rasheed said it was sad that public hospitals lacked quality health facilities.

When some of the families complained about mistreatment of some patients at Multan’s Nishtar Hospital, he said he would take up the issue in the Provincial Assembly.

He blamed the deaths on poor health services and demanded that the government form a committee under a district judge to investigate the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2016.

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