ISLAMABAD - As Panama leaks jolts the entire world including Pakistani, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has got an advice by his legal brains to take vote of confidence in the upcoming National Assembly sitting.

The parliamentary opposition parties, sans MQM, are set to go against the ruling party (PML-N) apparently in an attempt to avoid the government’s possible move of seeking vote of confidence, political sources shared this with The Nation yesterday.

The beleaguered government, currently facing enormous pressure to form a judicial commission under Chief Justice of Pakistan to probe the Panama leaks, has been planning to convince the opposition forces to put weight behind the PM in case they opt to take vote of confidence from the parliament.

The purpose of seeking vote of confidence is to create a ‘good image’ of Prime Minister currently facing severe criticism for having names of his children in the Panama papers.

The sources said that the final decision to go for vote of confidence will be taken after the proper formation of judicial commission to probe Panama leaks.

They said Nawaz Sharif might opt to take a vote of confidence from National Assembly to only show his political muscles to the hostile parties.

Talking to The Nation, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the vote of confidence is no issue for the PML-N government as it has over two-third majority. “We can take it in the start of every NA session,” he said adding that the government in this particular situation has still not decided to take confidence vote for the Prime Minister.

On the other hand, the opposition parties sans MQM are set to go against Prime Minister on this matter if the government opts for taking vote of confidence.

When contacted, PPP’s senior lawmaker Naveed Qamar said that albeit the government has a comfortable majority to win confidence vote for Prime Minister but things against him will not be settled by this move. “PPP will see when the government opts to go for this move. One thing is clear such tactics, if taken, will not change the direction of rest of the matter against PM,” he added.

Having almost same opinion, PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood said that the government has majority to win the confidence vote in the National Assembly.

“PTI will not support the Prime Minister if government goes for this move. The government should also accept demand of opposition about formation of judicial commission under a serving judge,” he added.

MQM sources said that the party will put its weight behind the Prime Minister if the government opts to take vote of confidence to show its political standing.

A senior MQM lawmaker Ali Raza Abidi said MQM Rabita Committee will decide and deliberate on this issue. “MQM does have reservations with the promises made by the government, especially with respect to the pending formation of Grievances Redressal Committee by the Prime Minister,” he added.

The judicial commission, yet to be finalized, will probe the Panama leaks’ 11.5 million files from an offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca that has revealed the financial wheeling and dealing of world’s most prominent players including the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.