LAHORE - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has evolved a strategy at the government and party level to meet any onslaught from the opposition on the Panama scam.

The party campaign to defuse pressure being built from the opposition and to give it a tit-for-tat treatment over criticism regarding the Panama leaks is being led by the prime minister himself. Moreover, teams within the party and the government level are at work to counter the challenges of the main opposition parties, PPP, PTI and JI.

PML-N is working on every eventuality which it can confront if the opposition does not accept the probe by a judicial commission in the light of the ToRs of the government. The party at the moment is on ‘wait and see’ as to the response and attitude of the opposition. The PML-N sources say the party is mindful of what to do if the opposition forges a grand alliance to build pressure on its ToRs and that if the commission proceeds with the government ToRs and the rivals resort to protest.

The sources say PTI may also stage a sit-in at Raiwind or the opposition may hold a show inside the parliament or on the road.

The PML-N sources say besides activating the party ministers and legislators to reply to the opposition statements, the leadership has also directed them to enhance their contacts with the people and seek help of the party organization at every level in this regard.

The PML-N has worked out a plan to highlight performance of the PML-N government through public meetings and the media besides providing relief to the people through cutting the electricity tariff, keeping the POL prices intact, expediting completion of development projects and addressing problems of the masses, particularly at rural level. Sources say the PML-N has also engaged the party representatives elected in the last local government elections for the purpose. It has been also been learnt the government has released development funds to the party legislators to complete the development schemes at local level. Apart from that the government is mulling relief to the poor and salaried class in the upcoming federal and Punjab budgets.

They say the party leadership is reaching out to the likeminded parliamentary parties if the opposition tries to build pressure in the Parliament.

The sources further say the government is also digging out the corruption cases which directly or indirectly hit many frontline opposition leaders.

Another source says police and district administrative authorities have been tasked to keep a close eye on the activities of the workers of the opposition parties. He adds the government is determined to keep the situation peaceful and under its control.

A senior PML-N leader, Rana Muhammad Arshad, said though the government had agreed on an inquiry by the SC judges on the Panama issue as demanded by the opposition, it was not scared at all. He said they were monitoring the situation and would not let anyone to take law into his hands.