ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) is hearing the Panamagate Case on Thursday.A five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, also including Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hasan, is hearing the case against the family members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) lawyer Taufiq Asif will conclude his arguments in the high-profile case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children Maryam, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz. In Monday’s proceeding, the bench asked the prime minister’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan to submit prime minister’s reply at the earliest over Jamaat-e-Islami’s deliberations. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) counsel pointed out that ministers were coming to the court in a bid to defend the premier in the infamous case.
Asif reiterated that PM Sharif lied in the parliament over Panama scandal while the apex court told Taufiq Asif to complete his arguments in the proceedings of the case during the next hearing before adjourning the case until Tuesday. Justice Khosa maintained that accusations in the case were against a family and not the government, but the entire government was trying to protect that very family. “Accusations are not against the entire government, but the entire government is being defensive,”remarked Justice Khosa. Justice Khosa asked politicians to have patience and wait for the verdict instead of making statements and speeches outside the top court. “Let the case proceed and wait for the verdict,”stressed Justice Khosa. He added that the premier’s counsel did not mention evidence when he made arguments in the case on his turn, rather presented only legal points.
Meanwhile, a German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung released new documents on social media showing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz as a beneficial owner of the companies in Saudi Arabia While hearing of the Panama case was underway.