ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family may face legal repercussions if it failed to submit documentary evidence to establish the money trail of London apartments.
“Sharif family has submitted documents in the court and if they fail to provide any document, they will face legal repercussions,” apex court judge Justice Gulzar Ahmad said during the hearing of the Panamagate case.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading the top court’s five-judge larger bench to hear a slew of petitions filed against the Sharif family in Panama Papers scandal, observed that someone can only be disqualified on the basis of “Black Letter Law” and not on people’s expectations.
Justice Khosa urged leaders of political parties to wait for the final verdict of the apex court in the Panamagate case instead of delivering speeches or resorting to political commentary outside the court.
During the hearing, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) counsel Taufiq Asif while continuing his arguments said the prime minister had presented himself for accountability therefore the onus of proof was on his shoulder under Article 119 of Qanoon-i-Shahadat. “The PM has also violated his oath in this matter,” he said.
The JI counsel requested the top court’s larger bench to summon an authentic copy of Nawaz’s speech in the Parliament. However, the bench ignored his plea for the time being.