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Supreme Court to announce Panama Leaks verdict on Thursday

April 18, 2017
Supreme Court to announce Panama Leaks verdict on Thursday


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would read out the much-awaited Panama Leaks verdict on April 20.

According to the supplementary cause list of the Supreme Court, a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan
Khosa would announce its ruling in the open court at 2:00 pm on a set of petitions moved by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Jamat-i-
Islami, Awami Muslim League and others.

The Supreme Court had reserved its decision about the high-profile case which put spotlight on offshore properties of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The court was likely to issue a brief verdict on Feb 23; however, it did not deliver any ruling, instead it reserved that decision.

The ruling clique claims that opponents failed to produce any evidence while opposition parties are of the view that they have done their job and now its court’s responsibility to take action.

A five-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard 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 petitioners sought disqualification of the prime minister over the investments made in offshore companies by members of his family.

In his concluding remarks, Asif Saeed Khosa said that no short judgment is being passed. He said it is not an ordinary case. The court will consider all aspects of the case and give the judgment in accordance with the law and constitution.

During the proceedings, the apex court repeatedly raised questions on the documents and material produced before the court saying these require verification.

Responding to the points raised by Naeem Bukhari, the counsel of PTI, during the rebuttal process, the bench said it cannot dispense with the normal law of the land and undo the entire jurisprudence. – SAMAA


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