ISLAMABAD - Ruling PML-N is seriously considering reopening negotiations with opposition parties on Panama leaks probe and may even accept the bill tabled by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan in Senate, with some amendments, to forestall the PTI plan to seal off the federal capital, it is learnt.

The government circles are in a state of panic and various options are under discussion at the top level in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to carve out some way forward instead of going for a head on clash with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, revealed some senior PML-N leaders and other credible sources.

Some veteran leaders of the ruling party, on condition of anonymity, said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has to come up with some tangible solution to the opposition parties’ demand of initiating probe into the Panama Papers revelations from his family members.

One of them said the issue would continue to haunt him (prime minister) even if he would manage to dilute the situation for the time being.

To discuss the political situation with specific reference to Imran’s agitation plan and devise some strategy to deal with the PTI and other opposition parties’ pressure on government, the central working committee (CWC) of the ruling party has been summoned on Monday at PM Office.

Some credible sources in the Pakistan People’s Party informed that the party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during his meeting with JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman had asked him to convey his dismay and annoyance over the way PML-N had used slanderous language against some of PPP’s senior leaders. He also sought Fazl’s role in moulding the government to accept the PPP tabled bill on Panama leaks inquiry in the upper house to defuse the situation.

Bilawal told Fazlur Rehman, whose party is a coalition partner of PML-N, PPP wanted to see the incumbent political dispensation function, but the ruling alliance has to show some ‘flexibility’ for that because otherwise they would be left with no choice but to launch street protest against the government.

PML-N sources said that the CWC of the party, with around 80 regular members, would mainly discuss the current political turmoil and the options to tackle the situation.

Some sources informed The Nation that the issue of long overdue intra-party elections and some other party matters would also be on the agenda. However, the CWC members were not sent any agenda list for the meeting.

Obviously, the meeting would also adopt a resolution condemning the ongoing brutalities of Indian occupation forces in occupied Kashmir and praise the bold stand the party chief had taken in his address at UN General Assembly, they said. The party would also reiterate that the whole nation is standing with the Armed Forces of the country in defending the motherland, the sources added.

The prime minister would likely seek backing of CWC members for taking some extraordinary decisions in the face of Indo-Pak border tension and growing Indian hostilities and as expected, the party leadership would give full powers to the PM to take appropriate measures in the given situation in the best interest of the country.