PTI starts fresh search for new lead counsel in Panamagate case

Published: January 11, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Dissatisfied with the second lead counsel, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is now in search of a new lawyer to substantiate their submissions in the Panamagate case.

Sources have revealed to The Express Tribune that the PTI leadership is dissatisfied with Naeem Bukhari’s performance in the Panama Leaks case before the larger bench.

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PTI chief Imran Khan is visibly upset over his counsel’s incompetency to respond to questions raised by judges and is also unable to cite any judgment in this matter.

Sources claim that the party has also contacted Atizaz Ahsan to argue the case on PTI’s behalf but the senior lawyer has turned down the request.

“We may ask any new lawyer to argue the case at the time of rebuttal. We are in search of a competent lawyer but we will engage any new counsel with Bukhari’s consent,” they add.

There is a chance that Bukhari will conclude his arguments today (Wednesday). The legal experts believe that though PTI has a strong case it is poorly argued by its legal team.

Realising implications of the case, the Sharifs have already replaced their counsels and engaged three of Pakistan’s top lawyers to rebut PTI’s allegations and satisfy the judges on the money trail of their contentious London flats. Senior lawyers Makhdoom Ali Khan, Shahid Hamid and Salman Akram Raja will defend the Sharifs.

PTI’s legal team, on the other hand, has shrunk as the case progressed.

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Senior lawyers Hamid Khan and Ahmad Awais have already disassociated themselves from the case following criticism on their performance within the party. Likewise, Babar Awan has also not been seen in the courtroom since the new larger bench started hearing the case and is also not seen attending meetings of the party’s legal team.

Lawyers, who have heard Bukhari’s arguments of the five days’ proceedings, believe that the PTI lead counsel is unable to cite judgments on the issues of ‘dependency’ and ‘benami’.

A segment of the party is also concerned about Bukhari’s performance and some members have advised the PTI leadership to instruct the lawyer to give only brief submissions, putting the ball in the Sharif legal team’s court to prove the ruling family’s innocence.

The legal experts have also urged the apex court that if there is a need of legal assistance then an amicus curiae could be appointed.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:14AM

    If Imran Khan had been spending his own money, then he would have gone to civil judge and had hired a very cheap lawyer. Recommend

  • zack
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:18AM

    Khalid Ranjah, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Recommend

  • Abdul Aleem
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:22AM

    Now its Naeem Bukhari’s turn to get thrashed by PTI trolls.

    Whoever got associated with PTI, will eventually be thrashed and his reputation tarnishedRecommend

  • zack
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:31AM

    Khalid Ranjah, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, yes they are the bestRecommend

  • F Khan
    Jan 11, 2017 - 10:39AM

    Changing lawyers wont make any difference.As it is evident now form the judges remarks there is no matter in the case and also there is no substantive evidence so what will Bokhari or Babar Awan or any other lawyer do? Realistically PTI should not have gone to the supreme court in the first place. The only permanent and respectable route to PM House is though ballot and votes. PTI should start preparing for 2018 elections on the basis of their report card in KPK. Performance in KPK will decide their fate for 2018 and not SC decision.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 11, 2017 - 11:47AM

    Farough Naseem!Recommend

  • Razia
    Jan 11, 2017 - 11:48AM

    This is the result of having an obsessed leader that can not focus on the larger picture. Had he invested all that money and energy in KP he would have been highly respected by many of us. Instead he is trying to go for the Wich Hunt driven by hatred and bigotry. He is no leader and never will be. He has adviser that are more corrupt than the sharifs are leading a dual life of London and Pakistan are finically supporting their Sons outside Pakistan with the money earned in Pakistan. How ever with that lot he has no problem is rather supportive of them. This kind of double standard has let us to see the real Khan that is full of contradiction. He enjoys the perks of all this people to live the kind of life style he does and avoids paying tax in this way. Nothing less than a big Hypocrite. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 11, 2017 - 2:01PM

    IK has tweeted in support of naeem bokhari & praised him on on how he presented PTI Case in SC.Recommend

  • Umair from Dubai
    Jan 11, 2017 - 2:16PM

    @Abdul Aleem:
    It shows that in PTI people who perform are respected and appreciated rather than incompetent bunch of people as in other partiesRecommend

  • Ravian
    Jan 11, 2017 - 2:51PM

    PTI, for heaven’s sake, forget about dislodging NS and concentrate on next elections. You are losing time and followers fast.Recommend

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