ISLAMABAD - Ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has decided to come up with a befitting response to the ‘negative propaganda’ of opposition against the government and the policy of going soft on some of the opposition parties was shelved.

Sources in the PML-N informed that in a series of meetings held in Islamabad and Raiwind over the past couple of weeks, it was the consensus view of the central leadership not to show any further laxity toward the opposition parties and the party leaders with hawkish tendency were asked to come up with matching response to the opposition parties’ ‘negative propaganda’ against the government.

It was further decided in these meetings that the government must pace up the ongoing development projects with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif taking the lead in announcing and visiting various development projects as well as addressing the big public gatherings to neutralise the opposition’s onslaught on government mainly on Panama leaks’ probe.

Sources further said that now the ruling PML-N would be contesting its case on Panama revelations and offshore companies both at constitutional forums but in general public as well because the politics of reconciliation over the past few months had cost the ruling PML-N dearly as the party’s victory margin in last couple of by-polls has slipped down considerably despite the fact that these constituencies were considered as PML-N bastions.

Sources in the ruling PML-N said that the legal brains of the party had advised the party leadership instead of reengaging the opposition parties for formulation of terms of reference on Panama leaks the party should come up with alternate solution to the issue.

It was in the light of legal brainstorming that the party had introduced  changes in the 1956 act of inquiry commissions to make it strong and broader in scope so that the issues like Panama leaks probe could be managed through it.

The sources in the party informed that ruling PML-N legal and constitutional teams were busy preparing themselves to contest the case of party on Panama leaks’ probe in Election Commission of Pakistan, Parliament and Supreme Court of Pakistan, while efforts are afoot to make the existing laws and statutes effective and powerful enough to deal with the white collar crime.

While on political front, the party’s hawks have already landed in the arena and were coming up with response and reply to each and every accusation from the opposition parties, sources in the party further informed.

To further strengthen the party’s base in public the Prime Minister and his close political aides were on whirlwind tours across the country announcing and executing the development projects ahead of their scheduled time so that the party’s popularity graph would enhance ahead of next general elections.

Sources in the party said that this time the ruling PML-N would not show softness toward the parties agitating against the government and it was decided that the parties found involved in breaching the law would be dealt with an iron hand.

A senior party leader said that the government would not allow any party to stage sit-in in federal capital or anywhere else and the law would move against all those breaching it.