SC grills PTI lawyer over failure to prove allegations against Sharifs

Published: January 9, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday grilled Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf counsel over failure to establish allegations regarding the Sharif family’s purchase of London flats.

As the final round of the legal battle between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the PTI begins, the top court questioned the party’s lead counsel over proof that the Sharif family owned luxury flats in London in 1993.

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Despite having significant documents, Naeem Bokhari has seemingly struggled to substantiate the PTI’s case with verbal arguments.

“You did not submit any scrap of paper to establish that Sharif family owned London properties in 1993,” Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh said in his remarks.

The apex court also raised questions over the National Accountability Bureau’s failure to file an appeal regarding the re-investigation of Rs612 million Hudaibia Papers Mill scam against the Sharif family.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa discussed the quashing of NAB’s reference against Sharif family by the Lahore High Court. “NAB failed to file an appeal against the high court’s 2011 verdict,” the bench observed.

In March 11, 2014, the Lahore High Court rejected NAB’s plea of opening corruption references against the Sharifs in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. Nine members of the Sharif family, including Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, have been accused of laundering up to Rs642.7 million.

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However, Justice Khosa observed that when NAB did not move an appeal against the LHC order in former chairman OGRA Tauqir Sadiq’s case, the Supreme Court while exercising Article 184 (3) of the Constitution accepted that appeal. Justice Khosa also raised queries regarding the failure of authorities to conduct an investigation on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s confessional statement.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Jan 9, 2017 - 1:42PM

    As expected, PTI seems to be failing once again as usual…Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jan 9, 2017 - 1:44PM

    Mehrangate scandal or asghar khan case was much bigger in magnitude than panama case against Nawaz Sharif, with written statements from Aslam Baig and Habib. When the same judiciary couldn’t get anything then, how could one expect from the same judiciary now. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 9, 2017 - 1:51PM

    Oh no, not another dharna again!Recommend

  • F Khan
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:08PM

    The beginning of the end for PTI has started.After rigging and corruption what do they have next?Recommend

  • Muzaffar
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:10PM

    I don’t understand what other evidences do they want. Will they only accept a video and audio tape where Nawaz Sharif is paying for the flats and taking the keys in his hands and opening the door.

    Pakistani courts are a joke.

    Meanwhile in U.S and European courts even if a slightest amount of DNA is collected from a crime scene people are convicted.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Our Courts at their best.. trying to save their future benefits and perks/benefits for their generations to come.. Sharifs know price of conscience of any person.Recommend

  • TSS
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:12PM

    If after all the evidence provided and the conflicting statements and everything they cant give a guilty verdict , i guess there is no hope left for common man when it comes to justice !

    Evidence matters much more than the arguments .. are they so blind that they cant see such a huge pile of evidence ? No wonder we are a failed state !Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:19PM

    Dharna expected nowRecommend

  • Congratulations
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:45PM

    That is what we expecting since day one. If anyone is thinking that it is the PTI failure then it should rethink. It is the system failure that it is again failed to catch even daylight cheaters.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:19PM

    If the respectable Judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan has any dignity left then at-least in their decision they will write a note that”Although the Family is guilty but we are bound by our Judicial system’s outdated rules to give decision in favor of this Corrupt Family”.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:35PM

    @Lolz: The SC under ex CJ Iftekhar passed an order in mehrangate case, that the same may be further investigated by FIA & the PPP govt did not do so, ask them why ? First, no case against Punjab related people will ever be accepted by the judiciary, second, when the case was already proved beyond doubt through many different people statement in court under oath & affidavit, what was the order for to the govt to get it further probed by FIA. The judiciary is biased….beyond doubt.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:37PM

    ET confidently predicted that Sharifs’ trial would result in a full respectful acquittal. Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:38PM

    the court is trying to put PTI counsel on the defensive, when the burden of proof lies with the Shariff family….Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:42PM

    So many NS supporters here. Good for you guys. I, for one, am happy to see your love for ur corrupt leader. Keep voting for these guys. And good on the judges, so much for free judiciary. Failed state? U r way paste that step, congratulations. Recommend

  • NR
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:49PM

    I feel sorry for those who really think that PTI should behave like an investigative agency and that Nawaz Sharif is not guilty of transferring money out of Pakistan illegally. Recommend

  • Mohammed Ali
    Jan 9, 2017 - 4:22PM

    All eyes on Supreme Court to decide fate of Pakistan. Is justice served fairly across or is it to serve the rich and powerful only.Recommend

  • A Butt
    Jan 9, 2017 - 4:56PM

    “Supreme Court on Monday grilled Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf counsel over failure to establish allegations regarding the Sharif family’s purchase of London flats.”

    Is it just me or does it seem strange that the Court thinks PTI is running investigation agency?Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Jan 9, 2017 - 5:06PM

    It’s good that IK stated he would accept SC’s verdict whatever it may be. It shows political maturity and faith in institutions.Recommend

  • Pg56
    Jan 9, 2017 - 6:35PM

    @Muzaffar:
    PTI says Nawaz had ownership of the flats in 1993. It should provide property documents that prove that. The court says not a single scrap of paper has been provided. Did it say no audio/video recordings have been provided?

    Surely if you accuse people of wrongdoing and they deny it, you as the accuser has the onus to prove what you are saying.Recommend

  • Pg56
    Jan 9, 2017 - 6:42PM

    @NR:
    No one is asking PTI to act as an investigating agency. However it’s leaders have made accusations and they must support them. Please note when making Accusations Imran had said he has all the proof, so what additional investigation is needed?Recommend

  • Bilawal
    Jan 9, 2017 - 7:28PM

    Better spend quality time with family and friends rather then wasting time following this case. Nothing is going to happen rest assured. They are not capable of even prosecuting a bimbo caught red handed with briefcase filled with millions in cash. Recommend

  • Billa
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:16PM

    PTI is wasting everyone’s time. As the judge said ‘fishing to catch a fish’ it looks nice and all sane standing in front of a huge crowd but the same statements prove to be rubbish in the court without proof.Recommend

  • H. Khan
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:35PM

    The burden of proof is on PTI/IK who brings a claim of corruption. Supreme Court is not a political platform where truth is always the first casualty. Well done Honorable Judges!!Recommend

  • Khan A
    Jan 10, 2017 - 11:10AM

    The Panama case raises finer and more intricate points than many people realise. For instance, there has been some confusion regarding the Supreme Court’s power to hold inquisitorial as opposed to the (conventional) adversarial proceedings. Are we, as a society, interested in getting to the truth?

    Relatedly, should the burden of proof be on the party bringing a case? Ideally, yes. Anything to the contrary will only incentivise frivolous litigation. On the flip side, sticking to an adversarial rule that requires the petitioner to prove his case can prevent us from finding the truth particularly where the defendant is not forthcoming or the state’s machinery fails.Recommend

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