ISLAMABAD - Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz(PML-N) would make another attempt to bring back the opposition parties on negotiation table to frame Terms of Reference for probing the Panama papers Leaks, the process declared deadwood by opposition after having over a dozen sittings with the government team.

Government team members in the 12-member Parliamentary Committee on Panama Papers revelations said that they were always open to the dialogue process with opposition and serious in devising some comprehensive mechanism not only to probe the irregularities, if any, the functioning of off-shore companies but also wanted to probe other matters involving corruption and money-making through illegal means or by misuse of authority.

On the other hand, the driving force in the opposition members of the committee Barrister Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan said that they were not averse to the investigation of money making by misuse of authority or getting the loans waved off through unfair means but at the first place they wanted probe into the Panama Leaks exclusively and that too starting from the family of the Prime Minister.

Sources in the ruling PML-N informed The Nation that in a next few days the government would once again approach the Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah to get back the derailed negotiation process between the government and opposition back on track so that the issue could be resolved through negotiations.

A source in the Parliament said that the government was just trying to buy time and not serious in resolving the issue through negotiations. All what PML-N leaders wanted is to put the matter in confusion and wanted such a lousy set of ToRs, which instead of unearthing the truth behind Panama Leaks would spin the matter into more and more confusion.

The opposition members of the ToRs committee were quite clear on the issue and said that they would only join the proceedings of the committee when the government team members would accept the basic point of initiating probe into the matter from the Prime Minister and his family members and would also agree to the opposition’s point of view that the Panama Leaks should be treated separately and not other thing could be clubbed with the probe relating to the offshore companies registered in Panama.

Almost a month back an attempt was made by the government to reopen the dialogue process with the opposition parties and involved the Speaker National Assembly who had invited the opposition members of the ToRs committee to see him in his chamber. The opposition members led by Barrister Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan held meeting with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and made it clear to him that they would only resume the dialogue if the government would accept its ToRs and that they would also agree to initiation of the probe from Prime Minister and his family members.

A member of the opposition team on condition of anonymity said that they committee meeting would be of little use as over the past 12 sittings they had with the government the government team members had shown no flexibility on the probe mechanism nor they were even ready to listen to them what to speak of accepting their ToRs for Panama leaks probe.

He said that the apparent move of the government seemed to be just gaining more time and to break the unity as well as the tempo of the ongoing protest on the issue.