Panama Papers: Pakistan Supreme Court orders corruption probe against Nawaz Sharif

The apex court said it was ready to appoint a probe commission headed by a judge and armed with powers of the Supreme Court.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 1, 2016 7:33 pm
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In a jolt to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Supreme Court Tuesday ordered a probe into the Panama Papers scandal involving corruption allegations against the family of the beleaguered premier. The Supreme Court heard several identical petitions by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and others to investigate charges of corruption against Sharif and his relatives after the Panama Papers released earlier this year showed his family owning offshore companies and assets.

 

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The larger five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan conducted the hearing in presence of several cabinet ministers, lawyers of petitioners, senior PTI leaders and media.

The apex court said it was ready to appoint a probe commission headed by a judge and armed with powers of the Supreme Court. The court also ordered the government and petitioners to present their Terms of Reference (ToR) for the probe panel. The court will decide to harmonise the ToR if the parties could not come up with the agreed set of ToR.

Before its adjournment till Thursday, the court also expressed willingness to hold hearings on a daily basis. However, the court did not ban the protest by PTI tomorrow in Islamabad. But it advised the government and opposition to show restraint.

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Reacting to the court’s ruling, PTI chief Khan said the planned anti-government rally will now be marked as a day of thanksgiving in Islamabad. Addressing a press conference outside Bani Gala, Khan thanked those who were part of his struggle against corruption.

“Go home and rest,” Khan told supporters, “You have to return to Islamabad tomorrow to celebrate thanksgiving at Parade Ground. I am elated that the investigation into Nawaz Sharif’s (alleged corruption) will begin day after tomorrow.”

PTI had announced the rally in Islamabad to force Sharif to resign for a fair probe into the scandal. 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. Meanwhile, the government has taken elaborate measures to foil the protest and any effort to lockdown the capital as PTI chief Khan has threatened in several speeches.

All entry points to the capital are being monitored and scores of PTI workers have been arrested. Last night a major rally led by chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was teargassed and forced to return. The PTI is in power in KP and hopes for a major influx of youth from the province to boost the strength of the protest. In Punjab, which is controlled by Sharif’s ruling PML-N, hundreds of PTI workers have been arrested.

Official sources said close to 2,000 people were arrested to maintain law and order. But PTI claims that thousands of its workers were arrested. The party has also urged the court to take suo moto action against arrests by the government.

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    pinjng
    Nov 2, 2016 at 12:36 am
    absolutely agree . . .sab siyasati khel hai . . .and once known as great civilization "China" is drunk in its power to take advantage of indo-pak tensions.
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      Amit Mukhopadhyay
      Nov 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm
      Achcha, stan mein judiciary independent hai? Ya judiciary par bhi army ka kuchh .... I mean pressure ...
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        avi
        Nov 1, 2016 at 9:28 pm
        Another hogwash to appease and mislead the public ?
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          avi
          Nov 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm
          Since when has justice prevailed in Porkistan ?
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            Jawhar
            Nov 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm
            Nawaz safe for at least another 25 years, as the case lingers
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              K.S.Nayak
              Nov 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm
              stan is almost a military state and surprisingly Sherif has to appear before the Supreme Court as an accused for financial irregularities.Pakustan is already in great turmoil and political instability.Terror hangs above the state.Opposition led by Imran Khan is heading for a clash.When all these happen in country like stan,Modys government is silent over Amitabh who is implicated in Panama frauds.So also the the state is silent over Lalit Mody,Mallya and Vyapam criminals.Zero tolerance for corruption is a forgotten matter.Neither following surgical strikes,the stan is on war path.It is to been how the Government which is a party to governance in Kashmir will address to problems.It is reported that Mody is drawing a new itinerary for foreign trip.The nation is deeply concerned about all matters.God bless Bharat.
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                Mayur Panghaal
                Nov 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                Feku refusing to reveal the swiss bank list which he was shouting for when in opposition.
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                  Hari
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                  There is no peace between India and stan unless corrupt politicians and military generals are hanged in corruption charges. All these stani rulers are always indulged in proxy wars with India to keep tension in tact so that they can conceal their CORRUPTION. This fact is overlooked by stani people which is main reason for poverty and backwardness all over stan.
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