Panama Papers & Re-Emergence of PPP

By M. Tahir Khan.

Finally Pakistan People Party heaves a sigh of relief and got an opportunity to get into the politics of Pakistan. There is nothing exceptional that Pakistan People Party did in the last one year except defending the corruption cases filed against their party leadership or leaders associated with the party. Its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who released 11 million documents connected with Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca that also includes the details of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children Hassan, Hussain and Mariyam Nawaz, declaring them owners of offshore companies in British Virgin Islands.

Panama Paper leaks provided Pakistan People Party to stand out against the government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, luckily all the cases against PPP carried forward in the last one and half year including the arrest of Dr. Asim Hussain (a close confidante of Ex-President Asif Ali Zardari), Ayan Ali, Uzair Baloch and many other corruption cases in Karachi were went into hiding or for the time being ignored by all as irrelevant. It looks all media platforms are now chasing news stories revolving around Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and investigation into his family foreign assets and trail of money transferred out of Pakistan.

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Pakistan People Party led by Ex-President Asif Ali Zardari had many corruption and money laundering cases registered against them; however, without being considering all these cases against their own party leader, second tier leadership is giving hard time to Nawaz League. If we look into Pakistan’s political dynamics, PPP had completely vanished out of Punjab but its leadership belonging to Punjab is on the fore front. Barrister Aitazaz Ahsan and Qamar Zaman Kaira are taking on the battle against government and regarding it as a life time opportunity to revive their party in the province. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan being one of the top constitutional expert who knows the legal grounds better than many others took charge and trying to prove himself a true opposition leader. He along with his other party leaders decided to bring together all opposition parties at one platform and organized the meeting opposition parties at his place to take a collective agenda against the government. He brought on board all position political parties including Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, who is now publically raising his voice in support of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Barrister Aitazaz Ahsan not only brought all opposition parties on one platform but also remained successful in designing and ToRs being agreed by all opposition parties. After concluding the opposition parties conference Ahsan explained the media that ToRs have be finalized and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family should be the first to be probed under an inquiry commission set up to probe Panama Papers. In an earlier meeting all opposition parties also rejected the ToRs presented by government and announced to bring their own revised ToRs. Opposition parties demanded the formation of a special act titled, the Panama Papers Inquiry and Trial Act, under which inquiry commission would be formed under the supervision Chief Justice of Pakistan.

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Its Pakistan People Party that was able to bring all opposition parties on one board, got all opposition parties agreed on one draft and more importantly paved their way for future politics, however managed to avoid the politics of agitation being organized the Imran Khan. People party was clearly remained successful in handling all the affairs proved themselves in all the affairs in managing a campaign against government.

However, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf has failed in understanding the dynamics of the politics, with their own hands PTI has handed over the command of all campaign to PPP leadership to bring in all opposition parties on one platform and now they are part of campaign against the government to initiate investigations in Panama Papers. To a larger extent the internal rifts of PTI also played an important role to bring down parties actual stature, wherein names of second tier leadership (Jehangir Tareen and Aleem Khan) also came into lime light possessing offshore companies and some other leaders (Shah Mehmood Qureshi and associates) are also pointing out to initiate accountability from their lines as well. PTI’s campaign of rallies also struck badly after the complaints of women worker humiliation surfaced on social media and the party leadership has to take decision to postpone their future rallies in Punjab on the basis of lack of security arrangements from Punjab government, but announced to continue their rallies in KPK. Additionally, some other media reports are also emerging that PTI leadership has postponed their political stunt in Faisalabad purely on political in differences between party leadership.

An important question raised here, will Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf able to launch successful movement against government or continue their struggle on roads without any real political success?

Finally, thanks to Aitazaz Ahsan, with all the historical baggage Pakistan People Party has successfully derived the agenda of politics against Nawaz government and took over the charge of opposition from PTI. But, will Pakistan People Party will be able to carry on the agenda on the same lines as described in ToRs presented by joint opposition, this will be a one million dollar question for which we have to wait and see.

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