Panamagate case: PML-N, PTI brace for showdown in top court

Published: November 7, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The legal teams of both the PML-N and the PTI have completed their homework for the Panamagate case, with a senior ruling party leader, saying the replies of the prime minister’s three scions will be submitted to the top court today (Monday).

“Replies on behalf of Maryam Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz regarding allegations made in the Panama leaks case will be submitted in the Supreme Court on Monday,” a PML-N leader told The Express Tribune on Sunday. “The replies will contain an explanation for each of the properties mentioned in the case,” he said.

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Giving details of the replies which will be presented in the court, the PML-N leader said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children have not transferred any money abroad from Pakistan and therefore have not committed any wrongdoing. “No laws have been infringed upon,” he said.

The leader added that the court will also be told that Maryam Nawaz is a taxpayer in her own right and not a dependent.

Meanwhile, the PTI on Sunday decided to expand its legal team for the Panama leaks case in the Supreme Court.

Sources told The Express Tribune that the party’s legal team held a special meeting with the PTI leadership at chief Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence. Naeem Bukhari and Dr Babar Awan also attended the meeting, they said.

According to the sources, Awan has signaled his willingness to join the team which will represent PTI before the inquiry commission set up to probe the Panamagate allegations against the Sharif family. Renowned tax lawyer Dr Ikramul Haq will also be included in the PTI legal team and the services of a senior chartered accountant will also be obtained for the Panama leaks case, they said.

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Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior PTI leader said that since Awan is an expert in criminal law, his inclusion in the party’s legal team will help build the case against Prime Minister Nawaz and his family. He added that PTI legal team head Hamid Khan is a constitutional expert.

Meanwhile, the sources revealed that the PTI legal team has also expressed concern over federal government ads which were running on electronic media last week. They said it has been decided that the issue will be taken up before the larger bench.

PTI chief Imran Khan will also witness the larger bench’s proceedings today (Monday).

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2016.

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