PM Nawaz’s disqualification decision to be made after pursuing complete material: SC

PM Nawaz’s disqualification decision to be made after pursuing complete material: SC

Islamabad (Staff Report): Supreme Court of Pakistan has remarked that decision regarding disqualification of the premier will be made after pursuing the complete material.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, comprising Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the arguments of the Sharif family on second day of Panama implementation case hearing on Tuesday.  

Counsel for PML-N Khawaja Haris presented the arguments against the JIT report following the objection raised by the Sharif family in response submitted to the court on Monday.

During the proceeding of the case, Justice Ijaz remarked that it was responsibility of the prime minister to provide record regarding source of funds for purchasing the properties.

Opening the arguments, Khawaja Harris highlighted the 13 questions assigned to the JIT by the implementing bench to trace the money trail of Sharif family. He said the JIT exceeding its mandate gave answers of 15 questions.

To which, Justice Azmat Saeed remarked whether investigating the additional assets of the family did not come under the domain of the JIT.

Terming the money trail of London flats a complicated saga, Justice Ijazul Ahsan said that several issues were related to the original 13 questions of the court.

The main issue is to probe the London money trail, observed Justice Ijaz.

Justice Ejaz Afzal commented that it was up to the court to approve the suggestion of the JIT or not.

“Hassan Nawaz (PM’s son) was the owner of Capital FZE and PM Nawaz was only designated as Chairman of the Board of this offshore company but he did not receive any salary,” Khawaja Haris told the apex court.

The counsel contended that the investigators did not confront the PM regarding the documents of his employment in the Dubai-based firm. Upon this, the top court bench told Haris that he may give an explanation before the court if the probing body did not give an opportunity to PM Nawaz for clarifying his position in the matter.

Regarding the JIT’s recommendation of reopening of Hudabiya Paper Mills case, Justice Ijaz said the investigation in the case was linked with the ongoing Panamagate case, therefore, the probe panel looked into the scam.

After hearing the arguments, the apex court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.