LAHORE - The Panama leaks issue once again hit the Punjab Assembly yesterday when the Opposition staged walk out for skipping debate on the same while the law minister openly challenged the rivals for exposing the family members of his rivals in opposition running offshore companies.

The session which started 2 hour 35minutes late of the stipulated time with Rana Muhammad Iqbal khan in the chair, had an unpleasant scene at the fag-end when Opposition groused about ignoring their adjournment motion on Panama Leaks filed with the office 10 days ago.

“This is a very serious issue as the nation is waiting to see the real faces of the rulers,” said leader of the Opposition Mian Mahmudur Rashid. The Speaker however, refused to take the motion out of turn and also on the plea that maximum time fixed for motions is over.

On the second thought it was found by the Chair that the motion did not carry number nor it was properly filed before the office. Rashid contested this point and blamed the treasury for intentionally avoiding debate on this issue.

The joint Opposition began chorus against the rulers terming them corrupt, looter and thieves in their slogans. The situation became very noisy with slogans when also treasury also responded the rival benches and Law Minister in between threw open challenge to the Opposition to fix two hours debate on the Panama issue right now or on Monday when he would unveil faces of the Opposition members whose sisters have been found running offshore companies.

“The Opposition will not get place to hide their faces once these names would be told to the nation,” the law minister said referring to the latest work done on tracing out the offshore companies.

As the Opposition chanting slogans walked out of the House, the Chair first wanted them to stay in as per rules and regulation. Secondly, after the Opposition did not stop, Rana Sana said the Opposition has staged the ‘drama of motion’ while their intrinsic intention was walkout.

Later, when the quorum was found incomplete further proceedings of the session was adjourned to Monday at 10am.

Earlier the House unanimously carried a resolution against the execution of JI Bangaldesh Ameer Matiur Rehmad Nizami and called upon the federal government to raise the issue before the OIC, the UN and at the diplomatic front that Haseena Wajid government was putting JI leaders to gallows only for their love with Pakistan.

According to the resolution, the House was much concerned over the verdict passed against Mati and earlier other JI leaders, by the so-called tribunal. It is sheer oppression of the BD government on the JI leaders, the resolution presented jointly by the Treasury and the Opposition benches added.

The journalists during the proceedings also staged a token walk out against the arrest made by SHO Okora of 19 media men. The Opposition leader urged the Chair to take immediate action and order release of the arrested journalists among them also included President Pakpattan Press Club.

Mehmoodur Rashid regretted it was glaring example that the province had become a police state. The law minister, in response, said he had met the media team and contacted the IGP, RPO and the DPO concerned and the matter would be resolved soon.

During the question-hour, Education Minister Rana Mashhood replied to the queries on the School Education Department. To a question on the private schools which have raised the fee in violation of the ordinance of the Punjab government, Mashhood said the DCOs concerned have been ordered to act on the school owners which are charging the free that were slashed by the government last year.

Last year fee was frozen but later after meeting of the Parents and School owners the government decided to allow five per cent raise which was raised to eight per cent after the owners protested, the minister added.

He further said that a summary in this regard has been put before the CM, and before its approval additional fees cannot be charged.