Accountability should hold against corrupt elements: Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 1 (APP): Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said that accountability should be carried out against the corrupt elements without any discrimination.

The opposition should agree with government on the formation of Terms of Reference (ToR) on Panama papers, he said while talking to a private news channel.

The minister hoped that the government and opposition would soon formulate ToR for judicial commission to probe Panama papers with consensus.

The constitution of offshore companies was not illegal as per
international law, he added.

However, he said that the name of the Prime Minister was not mentioned in the Panama reports, but he had presented himself and his family for accountability.

Ahsan Iqbal said, those, whose names were mentioned in the Panama papers were trying to escape from accountability.

The minister said, “We are all against the menace of corruption and want to remove it from the society. There is need to make legislation in this regard.”

Replying to a question, he said the federal government was trying to remove reservations of the provinces regarding funds despite limited resources in the upcoming fiscal budget.
When PML-N government came into power in 2013, the country was facing number of challenges including terrorism, energy and others, he said adding that the government had overcomed terrorism from the country.

The minister said the incumbent government had launched number of developing projects in all provinces without any discrimination.