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Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, during a hearing of the Panamagate case on Monday, advised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) counsel Naeem Bokhari to file a reference with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry to reopen the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.

The judge was presiding over a five-member bench of the apex court when he said, "We can call the chairman of NAB and ask him why he did not fulfil his responsibilities."

Justice Khosa was referring to a case in which now Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had submitted a handwritten statement to a magistrate in 2000 alleging that the Sharif brothers had used the Hudaibiyah Paper Mills as a cover for money laundering during the late 90s.

In 2014, an accountability court judge had rejected an application filed by NAB requesting the reopening of the Hudaibiya Paper Mills and Raiwind Assets references.

Read more: Sharifs used paper mill to whiten money, Dar told court in 2000

As per a NAB investigation report on the Hudaibiya Paper Mills reference in 2014, the Sharif family had allegedly deposited ill-gotten money in bank accounts opened in other people’s names and used it to pay off loans of their companies.

The court observed that NAB had not given proper opportunity to the Sharif family to join the investigations and justify their assets.

Read more: Sharif cleared in two corruption references

Justice Khosa also admonished Bokhari for steering the focus of the case away from the London flats towards the Hudaibiya Paper Mills.

"First in the case you spoke about the London flats. Now, you have jumped towards the confessional statement of Ishaq Dar," he noted.

Justice Ejaz ul Hasan, too, pointed out to the counsel that his arguments had failed to make clear whether or not Maryam Nawaz is a dependent of her father.

Bokhari told the court that the London flats were bought under Maryam Nawaz's name between 1993 to 1996. He added that at the time of the transaction, Maryam Nawaz was underage and had no source of income.

The advocate alleged that Maryam Nawaz was made the beneficiary as a smokescreen, whereas the PM is the real owner of the flats.

He told the apex court that, in a similar manner, the PM set up mills in Jeddah and Dubai by using benami transactions.

Justice Khosa pointed out that the burden of proof lies with the PTI since they claim to have the evidence. He added that it was the party's responsibility to show how the companies were bought, who made them and where the money came from.

Justice Khosa told Bokhari that if the Supreme Court sends the references regarding the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case to NAB, it will no longer be able to hold hearings on the Panamagate case in accordance with Article 184.

He further advised Bokhari that the responsibility was upon him to either separate the two cases or ensure that they are heard simultaneously.

Justice Ejaz ul Hasan, however, advised the advocate that if the two cases are joined, the Panamagate case will become 'muddy'.

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rana Jan 09, 2017 01:12pm

SC must get rid of this political motivated case at the earliest. SC must make it clear upon pti that it should defeat n in elections instead of leg pulling. agenda of imran is clear since last three years.

The end is near Jan 09, 2017 01:20pm

Keep it up Naeem Bokhari and IK. The whole Pakistani nation stands with you in this war against corruption and injustice. We are proud of you.

Oz Jan 09, 2017 01:22pm

All topi drama.. nothing will come out of these cases. The whole machinery is controlled by the corrupt government, so how can we expect justice for Pakistan ? Nawaz will complete 18 months and the way its going, he or Zardari will be back in power in next term.

Thought Jan 09, 2017 01:28pm

Do not open to many fronts at once keep you concentration on Panama.

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Jan 09, 2017 01:31pm

Too little, too late.

saadch24@gmail.com Jan 09, 2017 01:38pm

keep crying pmln will win 2018 elections

Anonymous Jan 09, 2017 01:50pm

Real problem is not with the Sharifs or PPP. It's with the people who believe in them. Even if SC gives verdict on the massive corruption of the elite, people will still vote them in to power. Despite all his shortcomings and immature decisions, IK is to be the only man history of the country who actually stood against such corrupt elite. Bravo!

TSS Jan 09, 2017 01:49pm

The general public is leased bothered about the references filed with NAB and the action taken there upon. It's simple, if after all the evidence that is evident whether photocopies of the documents , conflicting speeches and lies on the floor of the house There is no hope of justice for a common man if big fishes like NS and AAZ are let go off the hook with such massive corruption !

muhammad usman khan Jan 09, 2017 02:04pm

@Anonymous Bravo. very deep analysis.

Khalid Jan 09, 2017 02:16pm

Please listen to the advice of honorable Judges to not mix up Panama case with another one otherwise this case will loose its ingredients and importance. Panama case will then be delayed and dead. Kindly just focus on Panama case. Thanks

F Khan Jan 09, 2017 02:14pm

With respect to PTI fan club, what ever the supreme courts decision on this case, PMLN is returning to power in 2018 because IK in Punjab is seen as a spoiler than a leader.

Fareed N Jan 09, 2017 02:19pm

@The end is near - "Whole nation is with IK and Naeem Bokhari" ?? On the contrary nation is oblivious to the corruption , leaving the fight only to IK.

Talha Jan 09, 2017 02:31pm

Ironically it is the job of FBR and NAB which PTI has been asked to do..

Kasamali Jan 09, 2017 02:33pm

@Thought One front or more, it seems PT I has not a single clear cut evidence for anything so which can be admitted as legal document. They have all the stories and tons of uselessl photocopy papers.

usman Jan 09, 2017 03:03pm

@rana you are the guys who them selve dont want to do any thing and if something do it you guys have issues... Na karna na karan daina.

Khurram waqas Jan 09, 2017 03:08pm

I'm not a lawyer, but if PTI's counsel had made a statement regarding the ownership in the early 90's, then they should've provided the documentary proof. British Virgin Island is not on Mars. There has to be a procedure to get the ownership documents from U.K authorities, if they can hire lawyers in the U.K. Since, Mossac Fonseca leaked documents were not challenged by any guilty party around the globe, hence they must be genuine. Also, the defense's Al-Thani's letter should also be grilled in the same spirit since the letter is a mere 'piece of paper' in the absence of any genuine transactional proof.

usman Jan 09, 2017 03:10pm

@Kasamali you dont think that NS is corrupt. If you believe that he is innocent that God please send you to Canada and make canadian national.

Kam Jan 09, 2017 03:16pm

This is called "Fishing". PTI wants everything investigated related to whole Shareef Clan since 1932. They are hoping judges will find something somewhere to disqualify NS. Naeem Bukhari is arguing for almost a month in total but rather sticking to one point they just muddying the water. This is simply bad politics. Ask voters to vote you in not judges to help you out.

Ajamal Jan 09, 2017 03:22pm

Sharifs are involved in so many murky deals and clearly they have used their political position to obtain undue favors.

Ajamal Jan 09, 2017 03:21pm

PTI must NOT show all evidences at this stage. Let Sharifs council present their case and only then PTI should show its cards.

ABE Jan 09, 2017 03:23pm

We all know that NAB is all about. Corrupt, incompetent, powerless and easily influenced by the accuser.

Nothing is going to come out of this futile exercise.

Talha Jan 09, 2017 03:24pm

Is the Panamaleaks case against PTI or Nawaz Sharif? It looks as if PTI is being interrogated and not PMLN. No hope for justice. Just look at the confidence of PMLN politicians as if they already know the result!

yousaf Jan 09, 2017 03:26pm

The honorable judges must state what are the responsibilities of NAB,FBR,SECPand FIA. Why they are constituted and why they are funded from tax payers money.It is a clear case. The opposition highlighted the sudden discovered wealth of Sharif family. Why ppls are being made fool.

Farrukh Jan 09, 2017 03:31pm

All the cards are on the table. Only the deck is incomplete.

Merchant Jan 09, 2017 03:39pm

If corruption is reduced in Pakistan, it will be due to the sole efforts of PTI led by Imran Khan. PPP (Zardari League) and PML (Nawaz League) only take turns every five years to snatch vote from the ordinary public, and public knows about it but can't do anything due to lack of justice.

Fareed.hussain Jan 09, 2017 03:37pm

Judiciary keeps a check on misuse of power by elected governments. Our past failures in democracy can be directly linked to Justice not doing their job properly. This past anomaly needs to be addressed for once and for all to give give democracy a bit of space take roots.

Jamil Jan 09, 2017 03:47pm

@saadch24@gmail.com By rigging elections as it has done in the past and no body questioning it.

shahzad Jan 09, 2017 03:46pm

This is the mess up and jumble ruling elite want to create about this high profile money laundering reference.

shahzad Jan 09, 2017 03:51pm

This is the mess up and jumble ruling elite want to create about this high profile money laundering reference.Too many cooks will spoil the broth for sure,NAB should in no way be invloved or otherwise the game of PANAMA is over.

YAWAR Jan 09, 2017 03:53pm

After SC's remarks about NAB's performance - It will be futile efforts approaching same incompetent and corrupt NAB for reopening of Hudaibiya Paper Mills and Raiwind Assets references. Ping Pong.....

Jamil Ahmad Jan 09, 2017 04:16pm

The best way for Imran Khan is to defeat NS in a general election

khurshid Jan 09, 2017 04:12pm

IMRAN WANTS TO BECOME PM, BY HOOKS OR CROOKS

hassan Jan 09, 2017 04:17pm

Burden of proof lies on PTI ????? How in the hell it is ? PTI is not Police , NAB , FBR , they have proven these apartments are of shareef family.

Alam Jan 09, 2017 04:17pm

@F Khan whatever is the Supreme court decision, IK has dragged the ruling family in the court. it happened first time in the history of Pakistan. corruption of NS AND AAZ is the main topic of common jokes.

syed Jan 09, 2017 04:31pm

Pti ruinning its own case by mixing up other stuff in panama case.

Shahid Jan 09, 2017 04:37pm

There is a scene in 'One Flew Over Cukoo's Nest' where the central character (JN) fails to lift a heavy fixture and loses a bet that he knew before hand he will lose in a grossly rigged environment of mental hospital against its patients. His powerful comment, 'At least I tried, ...' proved a catalyst and shook the environment of gross injustice against mentally ill and helpless patients. There seems to be a parallel here with that set up. Question is: will citizens in this country take any cue where against all odds on all sides, someone is trying to do heavy lifting against corruption?

KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Jan 09, 2017 04:52pm

this is called as "DELAYING TACTIS"

Parvez Jan 09, 2017 04:54pm

It look very likely that the adage ' when all are guilty then none are guilty ' .......will once agin prove to be true.

Jasim Jan 09, 2017 05:03pm

In the eyes of the law everyone is innocent untill proven guilty. This means that the accuser has to prove that the accused is guilty. In this case PTI went to the court, they did not file a case with Police, FIA or NAB, they went to court and now court is asking, Why? if they have proof then they should provide it and if they don't then why did they make the accusation? So no matter how we feel about it, PTI is the accuser and hence, caries all the burden of proof. It will be a shame if PTI fails to prove its case because they jumped the gun and went straight to the Supreme Court, because that will mean the PML will get off from there and will then never be tried again on this case because in the court of law you can only accuse a person once (its called double jeopardy).

Iftikhar Husain Jan 09, 2017 05:01pm

The PM and his family used different means to transfer money abroad it becomes clear from the SC hearing, PM must have used his influence doing this.

taha Jan 09, 2017 05:08pm

Its over. This case will be buried soon as it exposes that the entire system is corrupt.

Afzal Nadir Jan 09, 2017 05:12pm

this is time now or never, these big fishes have escaped all the time because of muk mukka. We salute Ik and PTI to highlight such huge stories of corruption by so called elites of the country. If the two big robbers, i.e. Zardar i and Nawaz are taken to task and the money recovered then corruption and corrupt people will not dare to loot the nation anymore. It is matter of concern that our PM is involved in such a big corruption and the nation is striving to make both ends meet...

Proust Jan 09, 2017 05:22pm

Wasting the time, thy name is PTI.

Proust Jan 09, 2017 05:23pm

Wasting the time, thy name is PTI. By that time it will be 2018 and election time.

Jamil Jan 09, 2017 05:31pm

@Jamil Ahmad Only if the general elections are held in a transparent and fair manner.

Shiraz Jan 09, 2017 05:43pm

@Anonymous - You are wrong, people never voted for both N and PPP, NS manipulated results through some big players and finally instructed via speech while vote counting not yet started.

Imran Khan Jan 09, 2017 05:38pm

@rana so as per your logic I can kill you, and then in the election let ppl decide whether it was justified or not.

Shiraz Jan 09, 2017 05:39pm

@saadch24@gmail.com - we think most of the top leadership will be in Attock Fort.

Shiraz Jan 09, 2017 05:43pm

When you appoint someone, and who is also corrupt, how chairman NAB can even open the case? SC can appoint a new Chairman who don't know anyone, start enquirers, open cases, put these corrupt politicians in jail, recover full looted wealth, I m sure next year, we will be a debt free country.

Salman Jan 09, 2017 05:57pm

A SAD DAY FOR PAKISTAN. The burden of proof lies on Nawaz Shareef . When FBR sends someone notice to justify their expenditure against their reported earnings then the individual is responsible to prove that the expenditure corresponds with income.

Imran Jan 09, 2017 06:48pm

@Shiraz Yes. The grand conspiracy theory to undermine democracy is back. Another dharna, any one?

Amir Ali Khan Jan 09, 2017 07:16pm

Panama case decision will have an indelible imprint on the minds of Pakistan's young generation. Truth must be known.

Abcd Jan 09, 2017 07:34pm

PML ( N ) is the party that can steer Pakistan to unbelievable heights of progress....Imran Khan must defeat PML ( N ) in polls rather than leg pulling....

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Jan 09, 2017 07:39pm

It will seriously hurt PTI in next general elections. They should have solid proofs before going to lodge the case.

mian Jan 09, 2017 07:38pm

@rana patwari sahib it is not case on behalf of PTI or IK. it is ruling elites versus poor common people of Pakistan.

Life Jan 09, 2017 07:48pm

When one has nothing solid to base on, all he do is beating about the bush. This is what Naeem Bukhari is doing.

malick Jan 09, 2017 07:54pm

Right decision on PANAMA gate by SC will ease 2018 election.

Nadeem Jan 09, 2017 08:09pm

@The end is near What about Naeem Bukhari & IK?

pakistan first Jan 09, 2017 08:31pm

thank you IK...atleast you stood against those leaders

SREhman Jan 09, 2017 09:32pm

@rana

Totally agree...NS is innocent...so what if they gave different answers at different times? Facts can change. And all this hue and cry about 'political statements' in the Parliament...why should the PM tell the truth in Parliament?...He didn't know that the case would go to court otherwise he would have said something else...let the public decide if NS is guilty...in fact we should get rid of law and let the elections decided everything...that would be fair.

Akbar Jan 09, 2017 09:30pm

@F Khan even if they win doesn't mean there shouldn't be any against any big gun .. is this real democracy where only a few are rulers forever and that also by being free from any inquiry or law.

Akbar Jan 09, 2017 09:32pm

@rana oh yes. What is the need of setting political scenario right.

Faiza Salman Jan 09, 2017 10:26pm

Good move PTI, expose the corrupt regime of PMLN

H. Khan Jan 09, 2017 10:35pm

The burden of proof is on PTI/IK who brings a claim of corruption. Supreme Court is not a political platform where truth is always the first casualty. Well done Honorable Judges!!

panama Jan 09, 2017 10:58pm

@saadch24@gmail.com And the corrupt will continue to rule, by your logic. The ruler of a people are a true reflection of the people itself.

In a culture, of deceit, greed and corruption, who cares if millions live in poverty, poor sanitation and hunger.

PANAMA Zindabad.... for the selfish and heartless

Javed Jan 09, 2017 11:23pm

@Imran Khan you hit nail on it's head. I am not a PTI support but admitmire IK on this instance.

Syed Hafeez Imran Jan 09, 2017 11:28pm

@khurshid ---And Nawaz Sharif, he just wants to serve the people and nation - by indulging in nepotism, corruption , looting, undue influence, pressurising and any means foul and fair

In our this land which has now become a kingdom , All people have access to health medicines, clean water, free education, justice they re secure and safe, the world worships them and of course not to forget the "Coloured" (does this include BLACK?) projects Green, orange lines motorways ungrateful Pakistanis for not appreciating all this and living in paradise and ehaven even before their death

Pakistan Zindabad

Syed Hafeez Imran Jan 10, 2017 12:22am

@SREhman Wow a new rising star full of wisdom, intellect and new ideas about justice, honesty, fair play and accountability

All salute him

Will the sage please xplain how can FACTS change, the very meaning of the word means that it is true and has happened, Circumstances change, Lies change, people change but the truth and facts

As of dispensing with justice and courts and rule of law, in practically it already is the case

The parliament ; is it the forum for dispensing lies?. Is not one of the criteria for being elected being Sadiq & Ameen/

While we are at it why dont we also scrap the constitution and FORMALLY induct Kingship (In reality even exists now)

Pakistan Zindabad

Ahsan gul Jan 10, 2017 05:37am

Sincerely, PM Nawaz should step forward and without any hesitation acknowledge all money laundering and money cheating transactions. That way he will be opening doors for other politicians be investigated.
He will have respect and praise of the nation as now he has none.

Sana Jan 11, 2017 05:28pm

@rana leg pully agenda..what about there corruption you may say nothing but we will not stop this is our money that has been stolen..wake up..imran is doing this for Pakistan don't vote him next time we will vote him..ignorant people