Sharifs to face legal repercussions if London flats' money trail not established: SC

Published: January 23, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • iRonMan!
    Jan 23, 2017 - 11:56AM can lie in parliament! SC has given free hand – no stopping now.Enjoy!!Recommend

  • rana
    Jan 23, 2017 - 12:35PM

    why nawaz is being threatened and penalized for the acts and deeds of his father and sons. shame on corrupt judiciary. cjp must remove this man khosa from this bench. all judges of SC do not fulfill requirements of art. 62, 63Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 23, 2017 - 1:01PM

    The perception developing appears to be that the SC is bending over backwards to try give the Sharifs a way out……despite wrong doing being apparent to all. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jan 23, 2017 - 1:07PM

    I fully expect the Sharifs to escape from this case like they have done for the last 30 years. The SC doesn’t have the courage to convict!Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jan 23, 2017 - 1:15PM

    Drama on hy. Pl judges don’t waste our time. Just decide. I hope there is enough to decide on. Recommend

  • Liaqat ali
    Jan 23, 2017 - 2:04PM

    I dont have an iota of a doubt that NS is guilty is charged and he is corrupt .But I dont want court tp punish him under the current circumstances , where it is assured that everything will go back to normal after one man in the power has been removed. It will not be , repeat not be a start of a trnsparent process of punishing all major culprits .
    My proof ; go back and read history .

    ZAB in 1977, JUNEJO in 1988, BB in 1991, NS in 1993, BB again in 1996 ,NS again in 1999.

    All above happened to just to keep civilians in check and ensure continuation of power weilding by the quarters. This time is same. NS may go home but system of corruption will keep thriving. Like last 6 times .
    We should target system and not persons if we are sincere . Recommend

  • Syed Imran
    Jan 23, 2017 - 3:24PM

    @rana: What an argument, his father was corrupt and his children are corrupt but not him. If he knew his children are corrupt he should have disowned them and should have brought them to justice, he is PM of the country not an ordinary citizen.Recommend

  • Syed Imran
    Jan 23, 2017 - 3:27PM

    @Liaqat ali: You can never change a system without changing the ones who run the system. This is not Computer’s motherboard where you change a chip and things are fixed, the whole system is man made, man run, got to change the man who runs it and slowly it will change. Not saying its only by changing NS, but anyone who is corrupt.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 23, 2017 - 5:06PM

    i think nawaz sharif family is going to be disqualified for contesting the elections for next ten years and so. Nawaz himself will be saved but his children would not be allowed taking part. Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Jan 23, 2017 - 5:12PM

    Even FBR has limit as to how many years back they can open & question & audit your accounts,they don’t have unlimited powers to audit your entire business life or make you answerable for business transactions of your deceased Father. If someone is having personnel vendetta or grudge to settle then that’s a different thing altogether. Recommend

  • Hatim
    Jan 23, 2017 - 5:54PM

    I’m beginning to have doubts on the integrity of the judges. Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:13PM

    @Liaqat ali: We should target both, system & person involved otherwise, such people can & will use his political powers to influence implementation of new system. Recommend

    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:18PM

    If the boys support the courts to deliver TRUE JUSTICE in this case that may stem the ROT that is disintegrating Pakistan into bits and pieces……….May Allah guide us all………Recommend

  • Haris
    Jan 24, 2017 - 11:03AM

    If not disqualified immediately, I suppose the the SC should restrict NS and his children to participate in general elections for atleast 10 years based on falsification of evidences, attempt to hide the facts, and lies on the floor of parliament.Recommend

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