Pakistan SC issues notice to PM Nawaz Sharif in ‘Panama papers’ leak case
Pakistan apex court has issued a notice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the Panama Leaks case, acting on petitions seeking his disqualification over alleged corruption and illegally possessing assets abroad. The court action came on the petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf headed by Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-politician , and Jamat-e-Islami.
The three-judge SC bench, consisting of Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, put off the case for two weeks after initial hearing.
The notices were also put out to Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Capt (R) Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, director general Federal Investigation Agency, chairman Federal Board of Revenue, and the attorney general in the Panama gate case, Pakistan’s Dawn reported.
But, PTI’s plea to establish a judicial commission on this case was rejected by apex court. “We have already rejected this application because we don’t want to be part of politics. We will only interfere if authorities will remain unable to provide basic rights to the people” said chief justice of Pakistan.
According to the Panama Papers, three of Sharif’s four children–Maryam, Hasan and Hussain–were owners of offshore companies and “were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies”.
Imran Khan, who is leading the alleged corruption case against Sharif, was present on court and after the hearing he expressed his hope that the hearing would be completed soon as “justice delayed is justice denied”. On the other hand Prime Minister Sharif has welcomed the proceedings of apex court.
The latest updates from Islamabad says that the Sharif government will likely to arrest Imran Khan before November 2, when Imran plans to shut down Islamabad with an anti-Sharif protest.