SC reserves judgment in Panamagate case

Published: February 23, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pictured alongside senior PML-N leaders. PHOTO: PPI

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pictured alongside senior PML-N leaders. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict in the ongoing Panamagate case.

Heading a five-judge bench of the apex court hearing a slew of petitions against Sharif family, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that 26,000 pages were submitted in the Panamagate case and the judges will read “each word” of it. He observed that it was not a case wherein a short order could be passed.

“The court will decide the case only after considering the material submitted in the court and will announce its verdict in accordance with the law and Constitution,” Justice Khosa remarked.

Earlier, when the hearing of the case resumed, the top court questioned the federal government’s recent LNG deal with Qatar.

In response to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s counsel Naeem Bukhari’s plea that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government had awarded a 20-year contract for import of LNG with Qatar to reward a prince, who had come to the rescue of the ruling Sharif family in the Panama Papers scandal, Justice Gulzar Ahmad observed that if the government signed the deal to bestow favours to Qataris then it may be conflict of interest.

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The apex court’s five-judge larger bench asked the PTI counsel to inform the court about the status of the LNG contract. To this, Bukhari said the matter had been challenged before the Sindh High Court.

During the proceedings, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan observed that it was yet to be established that the Sharif family’s four apartments in London’s Park Lane neighbourhood were purchased in 1993. The judge also questioned the authenticity of the PTI documents submitted in the court to establish the petitioner’s claims regarding the London properties.

“The court cannot give a judgment on the basis of disputed material,” he remarked. “Are we supposed to dispose the normal law of land and entertain the documents which have not come through proper custody?”

However, Justice Khosa observed: “If we do not entertain PTI documents then Sharif family’s documents will also not be accepted on the same basis.” He remarked that if the court applied the same formula then 99 per cent of the documents pertaining to the case will have to be “thrown away”.

Justice Khosa also observed that it was unfortunate that a trend had developed in the society that “justice is whatever has been done in our favour”. “If court issues a verdict against anyone then it is deemed that the judge has been bribed,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed appeared before the bench and submitted a list of 371 questions which were raised by the SC bench during the Panamagate hearing but the Sharifs’ counsels did not give answers to those queries. “This is the last chance to give punishment to the corrupt people and if the court will not do so then the country will be governed through undemocratic forces,” Rasheed said.

In his concluding remarks, the PTI counsel said Hudabiya Paper Mills scam against the Sharif family was at the centre of money laundering.

Before conclusion of the proceedings, PTI chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq came at rostrum and briefly addressed the bench.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Arslan
    Feb 23, 2017 - 2:09PM

    So when is the result expectd now? in a week , 2 weeks or what?Recommend

  • Josheela
    Feb 23, 2017 - 2:28PM

    Can there be a verdict that is not in ‘accordance’ with the law and Constitution..?? Yes there can be! a verdict that will shake-up the entire nation and not allow a handful of persons to ravage them again and again…believe me there simply is no other way!…Recommend

  • Nikki KHAN
    Feb 23, 2017 - 2:36PM

    So the Judges were playing with people’s sentiment.shame on themRecommend

  • Ahsan
    Feb 23, 2017 - 3:45PM

    There is clear cut proof of corruption but court us using delaying tactics and in Pakistan there in no such thing as independent judiciary as courts mostly only favor ruling governments.Recommend

  • Riz
    Feb 23, 2017 - 5:19PM

    The Court’s Decision will come at a time when the country will start preparing election process.Recommend

  • Libra
    Feb 23, 2017 - 5:50PM

    The decision of supreme court shall decide whether Pakistan will be on path of prosperity and corruption free or otherwise. Recommend

  • terba
    Feb 23, 2017 - 6:29PM

    Beautiful tweet by IK. Long live Pakistan!Recommend

  • Effective bowling?
    Feb 23, 2017 - 7:37PM

    IK: “I have given my best & fought to the last ball for my country against corruption & for justice.” The quota is exhausted but no results yet.Recommend

  • And
    Feb 23, 2017 - 9:00PM

    @Effective bowling?:
    And, given the shots played by the other side, IK failed to bowl a maiden over.Recommend

  • Afridi
    Feb 24, 2017 - 5:14AM

    The nation will owe you forever Sir Imran Khan, #IK-AgainstCorruption , #fightTillYouDrop


  • Sunny
    Feb 24, 2017 - 7:17AM

    This decision will 100 % decide the fate of Pakistan. Please God give strength to these Judges.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 24, 2017 - 1:57PM

    My guess is….the law will be interpreted and followed….but justice will not be done.
    Let us hope, in everyones interest that I am wrong.Recommend

  • Mohammad Asim Khan
    Feb 26, 2017 - 5:32AM

    Supreme Court dare not go against Nawaz Sharif and his gangsters.Recommend

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