PPP rejects SC judgment on Panama verdict: Zardari
PPP rejects SC judgment on Panama verdict: Zardari
Verdict was reserved earlier by the top court
21 Abril, 2017, 02:05
The Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday has ordered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz to appear before the Joint Investigation Team in the Panama case verdict.
"We have been vindicated as Prime Minister had previous year asked to set up a probe commission to investigate Panama leaks scandal", said Khawaja Asif, defence minister and close ally of Prime Minister Sharif.
The other agencies in the JIT include the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
"A special bench will be constituted to look into the matter after the final report and whether the prime minister's disqualification can be considered", Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said. The two judges ruled against PM Nawaz Sharif, whereas the other three were in favour of forming a JIT.
It was not immediately clear if there were any implications for Sharif's daughter, Maryam, a prominent leader of his ruling PML-N party. Dozens of baton-wielding police were also seen along some roads leading into the capital.
In the end, however, the verdict proved to be anti-climatic.
In 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) leaked 11.5 million documents relating to more than 200,000 offshore entities around the world, from the law firm Mossack Fonseca.
Among the global elite implicated were three of Sharif's four children - his daughter and presumptive political heir Maryam Nawaz, and his sons Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.
Sharif and his family have denied wrongdoing.
"A decision which the Supreme Court could not make, how will the Grade-19 officers under the PM decide the case?" he asked.
Pakistani politicians of all stripes have over the years been accused of corruption, which remains endemic.
A PTI tweet said: "Decision as it stands right now".
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