CJP forms larger bench to hear Panamagate petitions

SC will hear multiple petitions against Nawaz, others in Panama Leaks case on November 1


Hasnaat Mailk October 28, 2016
Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali forms a five-member bench. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Friday formed a larger bench to hear multiple petitions in the Panama Papers leaks case on November 1.

A five-member bench headed by CJP Jamali will include Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Ijaz Ahsan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.

SC to take up Panamagate petitions on November 1

Legal experts believe that the top court’s next hearing will be significant as it will determine whether it can intervene in the matter or not. AGP Ashtar Ausaf Ali claimed that the court will decide the maintainability of these petitions on November 1. The government’s legal team has already started its preparation of the case.

Former AGP Salman Aslam Butt is likely to represent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the apex court.

Last week, the Supreme Court said it will hear multiple petitions in the Panama Papers leaks case on November 1, a day before Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s planned mass protest in Islamabad.

The apex court asked the premier, his family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to submit their response to the notices issued before November 1.

SC issues notices to PM Nawaz, others over Panamagate petitions

Earlier, the apex court issued notices to PM Nawaz and others in as many as four petitions seeking his disqualification on account of Panama Papers leaks. The court refused to pass an order for restraining the PTI hold a sit in in Islamabad on November 2.

During the proceedings, the Chief Justice observed that when the executive would fail to protect the fundamental rights of citizens, then the top court would intervene to protect their rights. The bench issued notices to all the respondents in the four petitioners. The case was adjourned for two weeks.

On May 13, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali declined the government’s request to form a commission to investigate the leaks, saying legislation by the parliament as well as resolution of the ToRs issue needs to be resolved first.

 

COMMENTS (2)

Rustam | 5 years ago | Reply @Asif: Therefore, sincere and competent national leadership is the need of hour. Election science, corrupt peoples' money and illiteracy of common voter are the reasons that Pakistan is suffering of incompetent and corrupt governments.
Asif | 5 years ago | Reply This is a herd mentality ... no one and even our esteemed Judges on Supreme Court Bench .... wants to be on receiving end of the wrath of the political leadership after they retire. They want there pension, retirement and no problems. So IK is right but he does not have the means or the power since too much power is concentrated in to few.
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