ISLAMABAD - The Quetta carnage has silenced the Pakistan People’s Party further as any anti-government movement seems to be heading to a deep freezer, The Nation learnt.

PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had wished good luck to the participants of Tehrik-e-Ehtesab (movement for accountability) launched by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf but Imran Khan’s party campaign was also jolted by the Quetta blast.

Close aides of Bilawal and his father Asif Ali Zardari said the two were not ambitious about launching any movement against the government and were happy to ‘let the PTI dislodge the government if it can.’

In June, the PPP had filed a reference in the Election Commission of Pakistan seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, for concealing assets of his wife and children.

PPP Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa alleged the premier concealed assets of his wife and children, lied about his income in his tax returns and sent money abroad through illegal channels.

He also filed references against Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Hamza Shehbaz Sharif.

The reference says “Keeping in view the above facts, Nawaz Sharif does not qualify for Prime Minister’s office under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution; therefore, he may be disqualified.”

But the PPP sources said apart from this legal process, the party was least interested to push the government hard. “There has been no meeting on any anti-government drive. No directions have been issued by the leadership for mass campaign. So the PPP in a snooze mode as far as anti-government movement is concerned. Our main offices are silent,” a close aide of the Bhutto family told The Nation.

He said Bilawal wanted to put pressure on the government but does not want to risk damage to the democratic order. The PPP chief, however, is furious at the government for failing to stop Quetta-like incidents. On his official twitter account, he said: “Our counter terrorism strategy is a farce. As victim of terrorism myself the fact that the state has made a mockery of this issue disgust me.” He asked the government to arrest the culprits.

Earlier, he warned the government to accept opposition’s Terms of Reference over the Panama leaks or face the music, adding: “Change you can believe in. Only from the Pakistan People’s Party.”

Another aide of the PPP leadership said Bilawal himself had security concerns so leading a rally like Imran Khan was tricky. “For a massive rally, you need top leaders. The party cannot play a second fiddle to the PTI without its top leaders,” he added.

The two main opposition parties – the PPP and the PTI – seek Prime Minister Sharif’s accountability over the Panama leaks scandal that engulfed his family.

The leak of 11 million documents held by the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca identified links between many political and business leaders around the world and offshore companies and accounts.

The Panama leaks reveal that three of Sharif’s children own offshore companies and assets not shown on his family’s wealth statement.

The companies identified so far include three British Virgin Islands-based companies Nescoll Ltd, Nielsen Enterprises Ltd and Hangon Property Holdings Ltd, incorporated in 1993, 1994 and 2007 respectively.

These companies have been used to channel funds to acquire foreign assets, including some apartments along Park Lane in London’s Mayfair area.

The insinuation that the companies were meant to hide or launder ill-gotten wealth or to avoid taxes has called his credentials into question.

Also, worldwide protests that embarrassed or forced political leaders elsewhere to quit their offices have added to the pressure.

The leaks triggered panic in the top circles of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), and the pressure was believed to be the reason behind Sharif’s unscheduled departure for London on April 13 to keep a rare appointment with his doctors.

Top PML-N figures suggested that no offshore companies or assets were shown to be held in his name, and that he could not be held accountable for what was owned by his sons. Besides, the leaks did not necessarily mean any wrongdoing, they said.

Sharif himself called the leaks the work of people ‘targeting me and my family for their political aims.’ In an address to the nation on April 5, he said those “who use ill-gotten wealth don’t keep assets in their own names.”

In that address, he announced plans to institute an inquiry under a retired judge, which was widely rejected by the opposition and the media on grounds that such inquiries went nowhere in the past.

The most lethal attack was launched by Imran Khan who staged a siege of Islamabad’s federal quarters in August 2014, paralysing Sharif’s government for months.

PPP spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said the party was mourning the deaths in the Quetta blast and was not engaged in any major political activity.

“Even before the Quetta incident, we did not have any major meeting to discuss anti-government protests. The only thing we want is fair investigations into the Panama leaks scandal,” he added.