ISLAMABAD : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) is mulling over an option to start a nationwide mass mobilization movement against corruption, tax evasion and money laundering in case the government does not agree to the terms of reference (ToRs) proposed by the opposition to probe the Panama Leaks.

While keeping this thing in mind, the party yesterday decided to postpone its next intra-party polls for an indefinite period of time.

The decision was taken in a meeting of senior party leadership held under the chair of PTI chief Imran Khan at his residence in Bani Gala.

“PTI thinks that at this critical juncture in the nation’s history, with the growing crisis over the Panama Papers, the party has to prepare for mass mobilization for a nationwide movement against corruption, tax evasion and money laundering. Therefore, the leadership has decided to postpone the intra party elections indefinitely,” said Dr Shireen Mazari, Spokesperson to the Chairman, after the conclusion of the meeting.

However, the party remains committed to intra-party elections, she added.

An office bearer of PTI’s Central Secretariat told The Nation that the main purpose of Friday’s meeting was to discuss the internal structure of the party. He said that there were two strong views within the party leadership with regard to holding of intra-party polls. One opinion is that that intra-party poll should be held without any delay.

However, some senior PTI leaders including Jehangir Khan Tareen are of the view that intra-party polls should be postponed till next General Elections. The majority of leadership wanted that the party could not afford intra-party polls when it was considering to start a mass mobilization campaign against corruption in the wake of Panama Leaks. He said that though the party had already started a movement against the corruption but it wanted to bring it on fast track after Eidul Fitr if the government did not agree to the ToRs proposed by the opposition to probe Panama Papers.

Earlier, Chairman Imran Khan had announced to postpone intra-party polls soon after the revelations of Panama Papers.

The PTI leadership in its meeting also expressed serious concern over, what it said, the government’s efforts to pressurize the independent media, especially the electronic media.