ISLAMABAD - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is set to support the PML-N government to woo major opposition parties (PPP & PTI) to reinitiate dialogue about the Terms of Reference (ToR) committee on Panama leaks controversy.

MQM will suggest the major opposition parties if the investigations start from Nawaz Sharif's children they will automatically involve Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Both the major opposition parties (PPP and PTI) should not force government to start the probe from Prime Minister and reinitiate dialogue with government to set ToRs, said MQM’s senior members while talking to The Nation here yesterday.

The PML-N main ministers have also recently been instructed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to contact the opposition members for the ToRs.

Both the opposition and government due to the deadlock over the ToRs committee have stopped further dialogue around two weeks before.

As major opposition parties sans MQM were stuck to their stance to start probe from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while the government was not ready to accept this demand.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after his successful open heart surgery in London, has instructed the members of government committee to contact the opposition members for the ToRs.

Nawaz Sharif, on this matter, had also called a short meeting to discuss this issue with some of the main party members.

“It is not only difficult but impossible for the Prime Minister to save his skin from Panama leaks fiasco,” said PPP’s Aitezaz Ahsan while talking to the media yesterday.

When contacted, MQM’s MNA Ali Raza Abidi said that MQM has been asking for resumption of dialogue on the ToRs. “Both opposition and government need to come to a conclusion so that the investigations by the judicial commission starts,” he viewed.

Abidi further commented that this delay is artificial and seems like complicity between the government and the opposition parties. “In any case if the investigations start from Nawaz Sharif's children they will automatically involve the Prime Minister,” he argued.

He suggested the opposition should agree to exclude the PM if the government doesn't want to start with him for now as the Panama papers had not named the PM but only his children.