SC resumes hearing of Sharif family review petitions

September 14, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Thursday resumed its hearing into review petitions of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children against July 28 decision of the apex court in Panama Papers Case.

Senior counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed, who represents Nawaz Sharif, continued his arguments before the five-judge Supreme Court bench led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

Other members of the bench include Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan.

Yesterday, the court heard Khawaja Haris Ahmed’s arguments over Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification for life.

Last month, Nawaz Sharif filed three separate petitions in Supreme Court to review and stay further implementation of the Panamagate verdict that resulted in his disqualification.

The petitions, submitted by Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris, also carried relevant documents concerning the iqama — a United Arab Emirates work visa — that led the judges to declare Nawaz “unfit to hold office”.

Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, son-in-law Muhammad Safdar and Dar, also filed petitions seeking a review of the judgement disqualifying Sharif from holding office.

The petitioners argued that the verdict violated many laws.

On July 28, Sharif was disqualified by Supreme Court from holding office for life over a corruption scandal stemming from the Panama Papers leak in 2016. The documents had revealed that his family owned several illegally acquired offshore properties and businesses.

It was a unanimous decision by the five-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan. The judges had said that Sharif had cheated the Parliament and the courts, and was not fit to hold the position.

The court had also disqualified Finance Minister Dar, and said Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz will not be allowed to contest elections. She was touted to be Sharif’s successor. – Samaa