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2016-08-03 14:51:29

Lingering Panama leaks: Is Govt deliberately inciting opposition for protests?

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday announced it will re-engage with the government in a bid to hammer out the terms of reference (ToRs) for the Panamagate inquiry, but made it clear that it had no plans to postpone its anti-corruption campaign. “We will participate in the emergency ToRs meeting convened by the government on August 6,” PTI Information Secretary Naeemul Haq told reporters after a consultative session of the party’s senior leadership at Bani Gala. However, he said PTI will go ahead with its protest campaign set to begin from August 7. “Pakistan is passing through a critical phase in history and people will have to choose either the corrupt elite or real democracy,” a statement issued by PTI quoted party chief Imran Khan as saying. Imran cited the example of Turkish people against the military coup and said “they played a role much bigger than the politicians to save democracy.” Complex as the issues are that surround the Panama Papers, there is simplicity at the heart of the matter. The prime minister is not personally named in the papers and there is no evidence in the public domain that he or any of his family members have done anything other than what a lot of rich people do the world over — they put their money offshore in an attempt to limit taxation by the British government. The sources of that money are a matter of public interest and yes, we too would like any number of questions asked and answered. Countervailing that is the reality that offshore funds are hedged about with all manner of privacy instruments; and our own politicians of all major parties have grown similar hedges of legislative privacy in order to protect their financial doings from inquisitive eyes. The PTI has said that it is willing to join the ‘emergency’ ToR talks scheduled for August 6 and at the same time signalled that it has scant interest in seeing the whole sorry tale debated in parliament and that we are once again to have the spectacle of container politics adorning our TV screens ad nauseum — and to no political effect whatsoever. Other opposition parties sense that the PTI is suffering a poverty of political imagination and packing up their tents prior to shuffling off over the horizon. If the PTI wants to demonstrate political maturity, then it needs to take the debate to parliament not the street corner. We await with mild interest but little real anticipation.

pk.shafaqna.com

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