PM may be summoned in Panamagate case: SC

Published: January 24, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam Nawaz. PHOTO: ONLINE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam Nawaz. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday said it may summon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to record his statement in the ongoing Panamagate case.

The remarks were made by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading a five-judge larger bench of the apex court to hear a slew of petitions against the Sharif family over corruption, in response to a plea made by Jamaat-e-Islami counsel Advocate Taufiq Asif.

Asif requested the top court to summon the prime minister and record his statement regarding the ownership of luxury apartments in an upscale London neighbourhood.

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

Justice Khosa told the JI counsel that the court will first hear the stance of the counsels of PM Nawaz’s children and if there is anything required, then the premier may be summoned. The judge, however, clarified that such a move will only be taken after hearing the arguments of the counsels.

Meanwhile, Justice Gulzar Ahmed observed that the apex court had declared in the Khewra Mines case that it can record evidence under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

Concluding his arguments, the JI counsel said Nawaz had appeared in the top court several times in different matters, therefore, the court should summon him in this matter as well. “Everyone’s has doubts regarding the money trail of London flats given by the Sharif family,” he argued.

Maryam denies ownership of London apartments

Prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday once again denied allegations she was the beneficial owner of London properties.

In her reply submitted in SC, the premier’s daughter also rejected the correspondence between Financial Investigation Agency of the British Virgin Islands and Mossack Fonseca.

Maryam Nawaz named in Panama Papers, German newspaper reaffirms

Maryam’s response came a day after German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung — the original source of the Panama Papers leaks —, reaffirmed that the prime minister’s daughter was connected with Minerva Financial Services Ltd, the company that owns the Park Lane flats in London.

The family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was named in the Panama Papers, one of the biggest leaks in history. The leak, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, shows how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted away their money in offshore jurisdictions.

Among those named are three of Sharif’s four children — Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor; Hasan and Hussain, with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administrated by the firm.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Sodomite
    Jan 24, 2017 - 12:38PM

    Pakistani courts cannot deliver justice. They don’t have it in them the conviction to distinguish between Public Good and Public Truth. If lying witnesses were to be sent to jail for perjury as in the democratic west, then Islamic countries too would have the tradition to seek to deliver good governance and justice to their people. People should ask why the German newspaper released information on Maryam Nawaz and family for Pakistani people? Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jan 24, 2017 - 12:53PM

    So today Maryam tried to hide her signature so that it couldn’t be compared with the signature given in the papers.Recommend

  • Ghareeb_Pakistani
    Jan 24, 2017 - 3:06PM

    Zabardast…. new twist in already twisted story.. now the ownership of offshore companies were transferred to hassan nawaz in 2006 as share of Qatari investment, but as we can remember they (all the Sharifs other then Kulsoom Nawaz as she said in her interview they bought them in 90’s for their children living in London) were saying money was transferred from Qatar from which they have bought these flats in 2006. After BBC’s report that the ownership is not changed since 90’s, Sharifs have once again changed their story.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Jan 24, 2017 - 4:21PM

    Imran Khan & His wife hired Panamanian lawyer Caroline to cover their tracks in Bani Gala palace’s 300 kanal benami deal. Can’t Sharif family too afford any such lawyer to look after such matters? Only its right of Imran & Co to create offshore companies to evade taxes & again create offshore companies to fund PTI political activitiesd(He is running away from questions asked by Election Commission in illegal foreign funding case and instead abusing & badmouthing ECP like its his habit). Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 24, 2017 - 5:00PM

    @Mohammed … not guilty unless proven, PROVE IT !!!Recommend

  • Libra
    Jan 24, 2017 - 5:55PM

    Right decision of Supreme Court will take Pakistan on right path. The end of corruption and nepotism.Recommend

  • reader
    Jan 24, 2017 - 8:15PM

    Not C.P.E.C. but a country named Panama is the “game changer” for many in this country. People are asking questions, they are no longer scared, they have become more bold, more aware, and that is a good sign. We now know our rulers better. Recommend

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