Pakistan SC issues notice to PM Nawaz Sharif in ‘Panama papers’ leak case

According to the Panama Papers, three of Sharif's four children were owners of offshore companies and had the right to authorise transactions for several companies.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:October 20, 2016 2:50 pm
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the ‘Panama Papers’ leaks case, acting on petitions seeking his disqualification over alleged corruption and illegally possessing assets abroad. The court heard several petitions, including by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which accused Sharif and his family members of illegally transferring money abroad after the Panama Papers leaks showed his family of possessing properties in the UK.

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In addition to Sharif, the court also issued notices his daughter Maryam, sons Hasan and Hussain, son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, director general Federal Investigation Agency, chairman Federal Board of Revenue, and the attorney general.

The three-judge SC bench, consisting of Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, adjourned the case for two weeks after initial hearing.

Cricketer-turned-politician Khan, who is leading the alleged corruption case against Sharif, was present in the court. Later taking to reporters, he said Sharif was behaving like a king but he would make him accountable before the law. Khan also hoped that the hearing of the case would be completed soon as “justice delayed is justice denied”.

“We hope that the case’s proceedings will reveal details of several issues that were concealed from the nation,” said Khan, who has given a call to lockdown capital Islamabad on November 2 to force the Prime Minister to resign.

He said it was his constitutional right to hold protest and warned of consequences if government tried to stop or detain him.

According to the Panama Papers, three of Sharif’s four children – Maryam, Hasan and Hussain were owners of offshore companies and “were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies.”

Sharif and his family have dismissed the allegations of money laundering and denied any wrongdoing but the opposition is demanding an independent probe.

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    Saurabh
    Oct 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    When will our nationalist 56inch government wakeup. Why hasn't notice being served to Amitab bachan
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      avi
      Oct 20, 2016 at 11:07 pm
      Another eye wash for Sharif. All the same even Amitabh Bachan has gone scot free by free dancing, singing and showing his Beti Bhaoo drama to the public ?
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        avi
        Oct 20, 2016 at 11:09 pm
        May I ask why it has taken soooo loooong for BJP to act against hi's ???
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          SUKHARIA
          Oct 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm
          What about Panama List of Indian Crores patis???? Thanks to FM and PM for great help extended to few very influential people (vip) of IND.
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            Mayur Panghaal
            Oct 20, 2016 at 10:13 am
            And here feku is laegalizing the chori with 40% tax.
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              Mayur Panghaal
              Oct 20, 2016 at 5:48 pm
              At the rate its going ... soon it will be Cong yukt BJP. Rita bahuguna is latest.
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                sajeev
                Oct 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                Ominous signs. The Generals are preparing the ground to take over stan
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