ISLAMABAD - The opposition parties will meet today (Tuesday) on the Panama leaks to devise a future strategy and explore options to mount pressure on Prime Minister Nawaz Shari to step down.

The opposition surprised the government yesterday when Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah announced walkout instead of responding to the speech of the prime minister on the matter.

A senior PPP leader said on anonymity that it was the opposition plan to walk out of the parliament if the PM did not address opposition’s seven questions.

He said Senator Aitzaz Ahsan was the mastermind of the plan and had the consent of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

He claimed the PPP will not consider the PM’s offer of setting up a parliamentary committee to investigate the Panama leaks. The PPP will not withdraw the demand of PM’s resignation because the party chief believed this is the chance to expose the ruling party and regain lost popularity in Punjab.

The member of PPP organising committee Punjab Nadeem Afzal Chan told The Nation that PPP will continue its movement till the PM’s resignation. He said the PM should answer the Panama questions in the wake of leaks otherwise be ready to face the music. He said PPP leadership from top to united on one point agenda: ‘PM resignation’.

Replying to a question, he said that it will be decided in opposition today’s meeting that the issue will be settled in parliament or on the Constitution Avenue.    

PTI sources said that PTI delegation under the supervision of Shah Mahmood Qureshi will attend the meeting of opposition future strategy. They said that it is also possible that Imran Khan chairs a meeting to set the agenda before opposition meeting. They said no doubt today’s meeting will be a test for opposition. 

Talking to the media along with PTI Chairman Imarn Khan and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad after boycotting the National Assembly proceeding, Khursheed Shah announced that opposition parties will finalise its strategy on Panama leaks today.

He said PM did not respond to the seven questions of opposition in his speech on the floor of the house. He mentioned: “We (opposition) provided the chance to PM to satisfy the nation on Panama leaks but he failed.”

PTI chief Imran Khan asked the PM should have shown purchase agreement of Mayfair flats purchased in 2005. He said that the Sharif family bought first flat in 1993 and fifth in 2004 in London. Khan also distributed documents of his flat purchased in 1983 to the media.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told the media outside the parliament that the prime minister spoke the truth in his speech before the house and the opposition had nothing to say except staging a walkout.

He said the PM presented his case and “his truth totally knocked out the opposition”. He said opposition should have avoided the walkout.

Defence Minister Kh Asif said Imran Khan gives lectures to others to invest in Pakistan but he himself invested money in offshore companies including that of a charity hospital.

Railways Minister Saad Rafique warned the opposition not to cross the red line. He said the government wants to resolve the issue with consultation. He urged the PPP not ‘to be held hostage at the hands of some people’. Rafique said leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah and PTI chief Imran Khan should speak in the Parliament.

Talking to the media, Kh Asif said Imran Khan is the most experienced person with respect to offshore companies. He was disappointment over the opposition reaction and said that opposition has been hijacked by only four men.