ISLAMABAD: First meeting of the 12 member Parliamentary Committee on Panama Papers and related issues was held in Islamabad today.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah also witnessed proceedings of the maiden meeting.
The Committee unanimously decided that its proceedings shall be held in camera.
Copies of the letter of the Ministry of Law and Justice addressed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and proposed Terms of Reference (ToRs) prepared by the Government along with the reply of the Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan were circulated among the members.
Copies of the proposed ToRs of the joint opposition were also circulated among the members of the Committee.
The Committee unanimously decided that both Government and Opposition may examine and consider the said ToRs so that these may be finalized with consensus during further meetings of Committee.
The next meeting of the Committee will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Islamabad tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Committee Member Mir Hasil Bazinjo said the meeting was held in a very conducive environment.
Mir Hasil Bazinjo expressed hope that all issues will be resolved unanimously.
Committee members from the opposition also spoke to the media and said that it has been decided to resolve the issue with consensus.
PTI leader and member of the committee Shah Mehmood Qureshi said it was also decided that there would not be any head of the committee.
Aitizaz Ahsan said that we would not disappoint the nation.