LAHORE - Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that his party is in contact with two to three forensic audit firms of London for pursuing the matter of Panama Leaks.

Talking to media before his departure for London at Allama Iqbal International Airport yesterday, PTI chairman said, “The party is in contact with 2-3 forensic audit firms of London for Panama Leaks investigations. The overseas chapters of the party will pay the fees of the selected company to start the audit.”

“We will not leave this matter halfway and pursue it to the end to expose the corruption of the ruling family and others through peaceful means,” he added. The government and the opposition members were trying to cover the corrupt practices of their leaders revealed in the leaks but the PTI would not let them run, said Mr Khan. “There is no danger to democracy but it is the corrupt leadership which is in danger. The corrupt in a bid to save themselves from accountability are claiming that democracy will come under attack by probing the leaks,” he added.

“We have seen the true example of democracy in Iceland and Britain. In Iceland the prime minister has resigned after his name appeared in the leaks. In Britain, David Cameron presented himself before the House of Commons to clear his position with regard to the leaks,” said the PTI chief. Meanwhile, PML-Q and PTI leaders yesterday agreed to launch joint efforts for a transparent probe into Panama Leaks which involve the ruling family for maintaining offshore accounts. PTI senior leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with PML-Q Punjab leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at latter’s residence for the purpose and reached the consensus that opinion of prominent law experts including Supreme Court Bar president Ali Zafar, Dr Khalid Ranjha and Aitzaz Ahsan would be sought for a transparent investigation into Panama Leaks. They also discussed the matter of UNO Crimes Investigation Committee on the leaks.

There must be a fully empowered commission to probe this serious matter and services of an internationally acknowledged forensic audit firm should be acquired, said the PML-Q and PTI leaders while talking to media after the meeting.

PPP has also consensus among its ranks to lead the matter of the leaks to its logical end, said Mr Qureshi.

Replying to a question, PTI leader said there would be no sit-in on April 24 as the day is fixed for party’s foundation day celebrations.

“We want strong opposition. We will formulate our future line of action on Founding Day April 24 after consultation with other leaders,” said Mr Qureshi.

Mr Elahi offered himself and his family for accountability saying, “The ruling family is vindictive by nature and they should start from us to calm their vengeance for no reasons against our family.” “The elder brother who is heading the ruling party ran away once again from the country at a critical juncture on the pretext of backache. Orange Line corruption is bigger than Panama Leaks,” he added.