ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has asked Sharif Family’s lawyer to submit details of the properties that were owned by Mian Muhammad Sharif, the late father of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Mian Muhammad Sharif was an industrialist, a business tycoon and the founder of Ittefaq Group. He is the father of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. He died in 2004 at Jeddah during his family exile.
A five-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is hearing the case on daily basis. Other bench members are Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.
The bench is hearing petitions seeking disqualification of the prime minister over the investments made in offshore companies by members of his family.
In today’s proceeding, senior counsel Shahid Hamid, appearing on behalf of Maryam Nawaz, continued his arguments.
He is also representing Maryam Nawaz’s husband retired Capt Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
The counsels of the Prime Minister, PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami have completed their arguments in the case.
Shahid Hamid contended that Maryam Nawaz is a common citizen. How could her properties and cases be a matter of public interest/importance?
At which, Justice Ejaz Afzal said as far as Prime Minister is concerned, the matter is of pulic importance.
The bench ordered the lawyer to file details as to how the properties of Mian Sharif were distributed after his death.
Yesterday, the apex court hinted that it might call Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to explain his position on the Panamagate case, if the need arose.
“The court will definitely call the prime minister if [necessary], or may consider deciding the case at hand on the available material, after listening to the stance of all parties [concerned],” observed Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. However, he was quick to add, that stage had not come.
The observation came when Advocate Taufiq Asif, representing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, asked the court to summon the prime minister to record his statement and provide him an opportunity to clear his position on the serious allegations levelled against him.
Yesterday, senior Shahid Hamid filed Maryam’s statement in which she denied veracity of all documents from Panama Papers, except her passport and bank letter.
Referring to the question of why her father had showered her with so many gifts, the statement attributed this to Nawaz Sharif’s ‘love and affection’.
Maryam Nawaz also denied being her father’s dependant when he filed his nomination papers for the May 2013 elections.
She also denied being the beneficial owner of the four London flats or having ever derived any income or profit or financial benefit from these properties. – Samaa