SC gives ultimatum to PM Nawaz's children in Panamagate hearing

Published: November 3, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday denied holding offshore companies in a written response to the Supreme Court on Panamagate petitions.

In his reply, the PM said he had declared all his assets in 2013, hence was not liable for disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

SC asks PTI, govt for ToRs to form Panamagate commission

Expressing displeasure over the failure of Sharif family’s counsel to submit a reply on behalf of Maryam, Hussain and Hassan, the five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali gave an ultimatum to the premier’s three children to respond to the notices served regarding the investigation of Panama Leaks.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that by law, if an individual fails to submit a reply in any matter, it is to be considered that he or she is accepting the allegations. The court has asked the counsel to submit responses by Monday.

‘Probe Jemima’s tax returns’

Angered by the delay in the case, PTI chief Imran Khan said, “Government is using delaying tactics in SC. Despite being given two weeks plus to file reply, Sharif lawyer failed to file Sharif kids’ replies.”

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to submit their Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the formation of a commission to probe the Panama Papers leaks.

The court adjourned hearing of five constitutional petitions seeking disqualification of PM Nawaz in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations. The hearing was adjourned till 11:30am on November 3.

Legal battle over Panama leaks begins today

“The commission will report to the Supreme Court,” the chief justice said, adding that the commission will have the same authority as the top court.

“SC has decided to resolve the issue of Panama leaks,” Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali said while asking both parties to ‘show restraint’. The bench expressed its desire that all the parties, including PTI, should reconsider their position.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Nouman Butt
    Nov 3, 2016 - 12:43PM

    The “premier” is not gonna bother with this … I highly doubt if he responds in any kind of intelligible method … He will find a work around for this … Recommend

  • citizen26
    Nov 3, 2016 - 1:01PM

    Let’s see how Naeem Bokhari reacts in court.Recommend

  • yaz
    Nov 3, 2016 - 1:36PM

    Of course Nawaz Sharif’s name is not in Panama papers. The questions are

    When were the properties bought?
    How was the money transferred?
    Was the money transferred legal (tax paid)?
    Is Maryam Nawaz his dependent or not?
    Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 3, 2016 - 2:18PM

    The man has taken the second step towards imprisonment of his children, the first one bing opening the account in their names.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Nov 3, 2016 - 2:23PM

    Mark my Word all the children will send some excuses for not responding to the SC f.ex. Medical certificates.Recommend

  • a&a
    Nov 3, 2016 - 3:00PM

    Ha ha ha….
    PM… Putting his kids in front for his miss deeds. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 3, 2016 - 5:11PM

    These are not delaying tactics. To find paper trail in old financial matters is very time consuming. Those who live on others money, don’t know how such matters are dealt.Recommend

  • Pea Brain
    Nov 3, 2016 - 7:39PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Your words of wisdom deserve a column space on a daily.Recommend

  • Rustam
    Nov 3, 2016 - 8:36PM

    @yaz:
    Three out of four are very valid questions. Without formal and explicit permission for a transfer outside of the country, it cannot be executed even if tax thereof has been paid. therefore,the question should be re-phrased, accordingly. Recommend

  • Gaz
    Nov 3, 2016 - 10:38PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: so 7 months is not long enough
    to get the papers ready.Recommend

  • Imran
    Nov 4, 2016 - 7:19AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad : to find paper trail for old financial dealings takes a lot of time ehk? read correctly what the SC has asked for! a response to the allegations .. the process starts from a simple yes or no.. the entire investigation will take time and the Nawaz crew will have time to collect all the paper trail then. So spare us your wisdom!Recommend

  • Arvind
    Nov 4, 2016 - 8:09AM

    Why Pakistani political leaders are interested in off shore companies. Do they not love Pakistan or have faith and confidence with Pakistan? And still stupid people of Pakistan follow them just like lambs follow the wolf!Recommend

  • ABC
    Nov 4, 2016 - 9:46AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    If they cannot manage their own wealth’s paper than how could they manage the nation’s wealth? Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 4, 2016 - 6:33PM

    The Panama papers revealed that the Australian Prime Minister has placed huge sums of money off-shore, but nobody appears to be worrying about it. I wonder what the difference is between Pakistan and Australian law? Recommend

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