Islamabad (Staff Report): Newly-appointed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday formed a five-member larger bench to hear the Panama Leaks case.

The bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will resume the hearing of the case on January 4.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad,Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan will be member of the bench. However, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar , who took oath as the new chief justice on Saturday, will not be part of the new bench.

The SC in November took up a slew of petitions seeking PM Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification in the wake of Panama Papers, which in April revealed that the PM’s family members had stashed money in offshore companies.

The outgoing Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who conducted 10 hearings of the case, had adjourned the case till first week of January. As he retired from the office, the old bench was dissolved.