ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar yesterday met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and briefed him on his contacts with mainstream political parties regarding Panama leaks and details of terms of reference devised by the legal brains of the party for a probe commission.

Sources informed The Nation that prime minister wanted early initiation of the probe and asked the minister to satisfy the opposition parties on the procedure to be adopted, and accommodate their lawful suggestions and demands.

Dar informed the PM about the growing consensus and demand of opposition parties for a commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), instead of a retired judge.

He also briefed him on the tentative terms of reference (ToRs) for the commission which have also been shared with the opposition parties’ leaders. Dar said that the suggestions coming from these parties would be incorporated in these ToRs.

The sources also informed The Nation that the government would likely write to CJP for the formation of a judicial commission on Panama leaks. But some ministers - including Dar – have said that as CJP in recent past had hinted at keeping the apex court off this whole affair, the request from PM to the chief justice is unlikely to be entertained.

These sources said that during his telephonic conversation with Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah the finance minister had expressed his apprehension about it but Shah insisted that the PM must write a letter for probe commission to the CJP, and in case of his refusal, the matter should be referred to a parliamentary committee having representation of all parliamentary parties.

PML-N sources said the prime minister would be meeting the heads of junior coalition partners of the government in next couple of days to have their input on the matter. They said PML-N leadership was prepared to have a judicial commission led by sitting judge(s) but before writing to CJP the prime minister wanted to have a word with his party leaders as well as government allies.

These sources further said that in next few days the government ministers led by Dar would be meeting with the mainstream political parties to have their reflection on the tentative ToR prepared by the government legal team and then with some adjustments, would come up with a final draft.