SC to decide on Panama Commission after looking into documents: Chief Justice

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Tuesday that the Supreme Court would look into documents submitted in Panama Papers case, and would later decide whether or not to form a Commission to investigate the Panama issue.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Hassan resumed hearing of Panama Papers Case on Tuesday morning.

In his remarks during the hearing, the Chief Justice said that thousands of documents had been submitted in the Court but they were irrelevant while Justice Azmat said that the Court could not give its verdict on the basis of newspapers’ references.

The Chief Justice said that the Court would only focus on the purchase of flats in London; otherwise, even six months would not be enough to dispose off the Case.

Meanwhile, the Court asked both the parties to exchange their respective documentary proofs with each other for examination and review, and also order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz to submit documents in the Court by Thursday.

The Court also rejected various applications, seeking becoming part of the Case.

Later, the Court adjourned the hearing of Panama Papers Case till November 17.

Talking to media outside the Parliament House, the Federal Minister for Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif expressed hope that the Supreme Court would provide justice to them.

“We trust and believe in the Supreme Court,” he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted 400 pages documentary evidence on legitimacy of their assets before the Supreme Court. The documents contained relevant details of transactions as well as receipts of payments since 2011.

Likewise, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also submitted volumes of evidence that purportedly establish that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif allegedly laundered money to pay for his London properties.

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