Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar on Monday lauded the decision of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to postpone the party’s planned ‘lockdown’ of the federal capital, saying: "There are no winners or losers today."

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said that democracy must prevail in Pakistan. “Today is a day of victory. Today Pakistan has won.”

Praising PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s decision to shelve his lockdown plans, the interior minister said: “What the Supreme Court announced today, the government was for it four months ago.”

“Even the prime minister had announced that the opposition can frame Terms of Reference (for Panama leaks) if it likes. This decision should have been made earlier.”

Nisar said countries like China, Iran and Turkey had shown concern over political instability in Pakistan. “Today’s decision will send a positive message to the world that we cannot allow an environment of anarchy to exist in Pakistan.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PTI to submit their ToRs on the formation of a committee that would investigate the Panama leaks affair.

A five-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslims, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, and Justice Ijazul Hassan heard the case.

After the apex court’s verdict, Imran Khan called off his ‘lockdown’ of the federal capital and said the day will instead be marked as a day of thanksgiving in Islamabad.