ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would join the Panama Papers’ case in the Supreme Court, a move that would demolish its proposed bill about Panama papers’ probe pending in the 104-member Upper House.

The development transpired from a crucial meeting of the PPP-led opposition parties on Friday which was chaired by Opposition Leader in the Senate and PPP Central Leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan in his chamber.

Aitzaz had submitted the bill on Panama Papers’ probe in the light of the Terms of Reference (ToRs) his party had helped in formulation after six-month efforts but now the bill would be withdrawn from the Senate as intense consultation within the party is underway to move to the Supreme Court.

PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar while speaking to The Nation confirmed that consultation within the party has started and a decision would be taken within next 24 hours.

He said all the opposition parties, including the PTI, attended the meeting chaired by Aitzaz Ahsan ahead of the commencement of the session of the house yesterday and discussed their strategy to highlight the Panama Papers’ case.

When asked why the PPP is deviating from its earlier position on the subject matter, Babar said the situation has changed on the request of Latif Khosa, another key party leader.

The Supreme Court admitted the Panama Papers case for regular hearing to decide about investigation into the Panama Papers’ scam. Both the ruling PML-N and PTI have individually submitted their ToRs to the apex court thus making the set of ToRs formulated with the help and facilitation of PPP irrelevant.

“This development actually has now forced the PPP to review its earlier decision and join the apex court,” another senator from opposition benches in the Senate maintained.

The opposition parties had prepared their own set of ToRs and also submitted a bill on the Panama Leaks’ probe in the light of these ToRs, which are right now pending with the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

It was the tug of war between the government and opposition parties which had ultimately landed them in a position where they had no choice but to surrender all their powers and place them at the mercy of the apex court to resolve the issue on its own.