PM not answerable for son's business: counsel

Published: January 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the premier is not answerable to anyone for his son’s business.

During his arguments, PM Nawaz’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan contended before a five-bench larger bench hearing the Panamagate case that no law can hold the premier questionable for his son’s business. “PM Nawaz was not a shareholder in Gulf Steel Mills,” Khan upheld.

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However, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that none of the records submitted in SC suggest PM Nawaz was not a shareholder. While the counsel argued that the premier did not lie before the Parliament, he admitted that there were some omissions in PM Nawaz’s speech.

“PM Nawaz only gave an overview of his business in the speech, however, there were some omissions in it,” the counsel stated. Meanwhile, Justice Khosa observed that PM Nawaz had failed to give a reference about Qatari investments in his speech. “If there were some omissions in PM Nawaz’s speech, should it be termed as a lie or half truth?” he observed.

“What implication will Article 66 have, which states proceedings of the parliament cannot be challenged by any court of law,” Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan questioned.

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Earlier, the apex court made it clear that it does not need consent of the rival parties for forming a judicial commission to further probe the Panama Papers scandal. “The Supreme Court bench does not need consent of the parties to form a judicial commission in the matter,” Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who heads the Supreme Court’s five-judge larger bench hearing the Panamagate case, said on Wednesday.


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Reader Comments (19)

  • Khalid Javaid
    Jan 12, 2017 - 12:13PM

    Commission will be a “Coffin of Truth” for Panama Leaks. Its unfortunate, hard decisions are being evaded once again. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jan 12, 2017 - 12:57PM

    These judges are very much part of this system that we all witness in our day to day life. Don’t we all know how a file or a task is accomplished in governmemt offices? Malik Riaz highlights this system by saying if his file gets stuck somewhere, he gives it wheels then it rolls through. It is only the media that presents it like a crusade. Everything is predecided. Recommend

  • F Khan
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:07PM

    So finally it comes down to the Judicial Comission,which will give face saving to both the parties. IK will have an additional opportunity of issuing a daily statements on the importance of fighting corruption till the JC decides the case, which we all know again will be back to square one.RIP Panamagate. Recommend

  • Rana
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:09PM

    @Khalid Javaid:
    SC has not jurisdiction to entertain political motivated petitions. SC is not a trial court. it is the job of trial court to investigate and punish the accused. SC has assumed jurisdiction without any justification and just to avoid abusive language of number one criminal of pakistan known as imran khan.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:10PM

    OK, so lies are now called omissions of truth. Hope that line of defence for nawaz works in the ultimate court.Recommend

  • Rana
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:11PM

    @Khalid Javaid:
    u want conviction of pm by hook or by crook. shame on u. it is not the job of sc to probe such foolish things. pm has nothing to do away with panama. compete him in elections instead of hatching conspiracies.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:22PM

    This is the greatest test of justice system of this country which has failed masses every time they looked towards them… Though this crystal clear case of mass corruption of Sharif Family who have reigned over this country like Kings for more than 30 years by destroying any institution that comes there corrupt way.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:26PM

    Putting the gun on his children’s shoulder……classic Nawaz Sharif move.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:33PM

    Exactly and this will give NS a reprieve. End of case. Recommend

  • Butt
    Jan 12, 2017 - 1:43PM

    Seventy years on and this nation is still stuck with submissions, omissions and comissions.Recommend

  • fahim
    Jan 12, 2017 - 2:08PM

    Just a thought that if PM will nominate his son/daughter as replacement for himself. If yes then he must be answerable to son’s businessRecommend

  • Shazia Bangash
    Jan 12, 2017 - 2:09PM

    The Judicial Commission point was not by the SC made in today’s hearing.It was a point that was clarified on a previous date and was stated in a certain context.The case seems to have swung clearly in PTI’s favor today and all tv channels and newspapers are reporting it as such. Express Tribune, however, has a different take in how it has chosen to report today’s proceedings. Recommend

  • Haris
    Jan 12, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Step 1: Do a lot of corruption
    Step 2: Transfer money to sons
    Step 3: Relocate Sons and Businesses in some tax haven
    Step 4: Say I am not answerable for what my sons do
    Step 5: Pakistan Khappay !Recommend

  • ARFAN ASLAM khan
    Jan 12, 2017 - 3:30PM

    If prime minister is not answerable for his sons business,then bring in his sons and daughter to find out where and how did they get the money from to open the business and bought those flats in London,especially when they were studying in London.Then you will find out the real culprit.But would the SC judges have the guts to ask this question.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jan 12, 2017 - 4:13PM

    This case will set precedence. If you don’t want to get in trouble, put your assets in others names.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 12, 2017 - 5:51PM

    @Rana! are you from PM’s Strategic Media cell? Well my advice is to start looking for a Job because days of this govt are numbered.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jan 12, 2017 - 6:03PM

    So why don’t you answer the question as to where these kids got the money from, I am sure millions in PK want to find out their secret and do the same. At one stage the son said he needed money from dad for studying and now you are telling that he is the owner of billion pound flats, where did the money come from as the dad says he has no money. Lets here this great secret?Recommend

  • urfather
    Jan 12, 2017 - 6:09PM

    why is he not accountable?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 12, 2017 - 7:43PM

    “If there were some omissions in PM Nawaz’s speech, should it be termed as a lie or half truth?”

    I watched a video of Aamir Liaquat. He gave an example of how half truth becomes blatant lie.
    it is like making a claim that Quranic verse says:
    “You should not go to mosque of perform namaz”.
    This is just half of the verse.
    The full verse is: You should not go to mosque or say namaz when you are in an intoxicated condition.Recommend

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