MULTAN-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central leader Makhdoom Shah Qureshi has said that the opposition parties had already got consultation from the lawyers for evolving ToRs for the investigation of Panama Leaks but the ToRs were brought to the bars again on direction of Imran Khan with a point that any missing point could be included.

Addressing the members of District Bar Association Multan and talking to the journalists here on Saturday, he added that the nation had the right to know everything about the Panama leaks. “I feel proud that the nine-party opposition alliance has unanimously evolved these ToRs and the consultation of senior lawyer leaders Aitazaz Ahsan and Hamid Khan was also taken during this process,” he disclosed.

He said that the recent statements of the Prime Minister indicated that he was willing to talk to the opposition on ToRs but some ministers criticised the ToRs without reading them which is regrettable. He said that the democracy lacked transparency as the secretary finance of Balochistan, who was supposed to be the guardian of public exchequer, embezzled it instead. He said that the corruption weakened the foundations of the country and the time had come to uproot this menace.

Speaking on the occasion, president of High Court Bar Sheikh Jamshed Hayat said that the copy of ToRs had been received and he would send a formal reply to the PTI leadership after going through it. He said that the occurrence of mega corruption scandals was a big question mark on the performance of democratic governments.

District Bar President Azeemul Haq Pirzada said that the time had come to bring looted national wealth back. He added that Pakistan would have been more developed than the US, if national wealth had not been looted. “It is high time that we launch a joint effort against corruption,” he noted.

Earlier, Shah Mehmood called on the presidents of High Court and District bars separately and handed over the copies of ToRs and Imran Khan’s letter to them. The PTI Chief sought the black coats to support his drive against corruption.

Meanwhile, the president of District Bar Azeemul Haq Pirzada announced to constitute a panel of legal experts for holding consultation on ToRs. He also sent an invitation to Imran Khan to visit Multan Bar.

PKI THREATENS SIT-IN IN LAHORE: The Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) has threatened to stage a sit-in outside Punjab Assembly on May 18 if demands of the farmers are not accepted.

PKI Chairman Ch Muhammad Anwar told this scribe that the farmers were faced with the worst ever financial crisis of their lives and they demand a cut in fertilizer rates, Rs2.77 per unit reduction in electricity rate for tube-wells and wheat procurement. He demanded the government to press the owners of sugar mills to pay dues of the sugarcane growers, write off agricultural loans of farmers and release interest-free loans. He warned that the farmers would gather in Lahore on May 18 and stage a sit in outside Punjab Assembly, if the demands were not accepted.