ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) on Friday passed the buck on to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), dismissing the impression that the ruling party was using delaying tactics to probe the Panamagate scandal.
“The government is sincere in probing the matter but the PTI has a destructive agenda to destabilise the country which is not acceptable,” said PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz while addressing a press conference.
The PML-N reaction came in response to PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s media talk in which he said that the decision to march towards Raiwind is final and would be held on September 24.
While accusing Imran Khan of following a destructive agenda and wasting the nation’s time, the PML-N leader said the opposition was delaying the matter.
Imran is playing with people’s emotions and democratic institutions of the country, Aziz said.
According to the PML-N leader, the prime minister is the first one who presented himself for accountability despite the fact his name was not mentioned in the Panamagate. He said the government had already introduced the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Act-2016 in the National Assembly, after it was approved by the cabinet.
But the opposition’s draft is based on mala fide intentions and the prime minister was the only target, he added.
“The government will not accept the opposition’s draft over the Panama leaks as many illegalities have been mentioned in it,” said the lawmaker, who urged the PTI chairman to avoid the politics of confrontation.
The PML-N leader reiterated that the prime minister’s hands are clean and added that despite this the government was ready to hold inquiry on the issue wherever the opposition wants but “it will not accept politics of agitation”.
According to him, the National Assembly speaker had already cleared the prime minister after the PTI had sent a reference against him.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2016.