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Spotlight back on SC as Panamagate trial resumes today

Updated Feb 15, 2017 11:39am


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ISLAMABAD: Advocate Salman Akram Raja will pick up his arguments where he left off when the hearing of the precariously poised Panamagate case resumes in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (today) after nearly a fortnight.

The bench consisting of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan had postponed day-to-day proceedings after Justice Saeed had to be rushed to the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology following chest pains on Jan 31.

The next day, at the 19th consecutive hearing of the matter, Justice Khosa had announced that the next hearing would be held only after Justice Saeed sufficiently recovered.

When the case resumes on Wednesday, everyone will be anxious to learn more about Justice Saeed’s health.

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Advocate Raja, who is defending the prime minister’s son Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, was on his feet when the hearing had to be postponed.

But when asked how much longer he would take to complete his arguments, the counsel was non-committal, offering only a brief “let’s see” in response.

At the last hearing on Jan 31, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had cautioned Advocate Raja that he was taking a big gamble by withholding evidence behind the Sharifs’ acquisition of the four London flats.

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It is expected that after hearings today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday), the case will be adjourned until next week and day-to-day hearings will begin from Monday.

Those who have already completed their arguments include Naeem Bokhari on behalf of Imran Khan, Makhdoom Ali Khan on behalf of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Hamid appearing for Maryam Nawaz, her husband retired Capt Mohammad Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and Taufiq Asif, who represents Jammat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq.

After Salman Raja wraps up his arguments, counsel representing the Federal Board of Revenue and the National Accountability Bureau — who have been named as respondents in Imran Khan’s petition — may be asked to present their case.

Naeem Bokhari will take the rostrum next, to rebut the case of the defendants.

Makhdoom Ali Khan, who has also submitted his written response to the JI petition, has applied for general adjournment from Feb 13 to 26.

New evidence?

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) announced on Tuesday that it would submit three more documents to disprove the stance adopted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, but the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is not convinced.

“We are submitting three more documents — one from PTI chairman Imran Khan that authenticates all previous documents presented by the party, the expert opinion of UK-based lawyers and a document that proves that Maryam Nawaz is the owner of UK-based firms Minerva, Nielson and Nescoll,” PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference.

He said that Imran Khan would submit an affidavit stating that all documents previously submitted by the party were credible and authentic.

PML-N MNA Daniyal Aziz told Dawn that PTI’s lawyers had already completed their arguments and submitted all the evidence they had to the apex court. “Once they have completed their arguments, how can they file more documents?”

Published in Dawn, February 15th, 2017


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Comments (23) Closed

Observer Feb 15, 2017 07:36am

The nation has full confidence in the judiciary. The verdict of SC would be based on facts and it should be acceptable to all parties. This is an opportunity to nurture democracy in Pakistan.

aha Feb 15, 2017 07:37am

Let us what new drama starts now to divert attention

Zafar ahmed Feb 15, 2017 07:41am

All the leaders in power since the independence are fooling the nation by plundering billions of $.

3D PerspEctive Feb 15, 2017 07:40am

All eyes set on SC proceedings. Gradually the law is taking its course.The judgement of this case,will be historic.

Alba Feb 15, 2017 07:45am

The PTI has gathered evidence for Pakistan's prosecuting attorney, Imran Khan. Didn't know he was a member of the bar association.

Shah Feb 15, 2017 07:59am

The case as clear as daylight. Nawaz Sharif has to go.

mark Feb 15, 2017 08:04am

Intermission is over Seconds innings suruuuu ! Several times There will be rain delay !

Israr Feb 15, 2017 08:33am

Daniyal Azia: “Once they have completed their arguments, how can they file more documents?” I can only laugh at this statement. The Court has pointed out that the Sharif family keep changing their stance and bring new documents as and when required (Qatari letters, for example) as new questions are raised in the proceedings.

M Jamal Feb 15, 2017 09:01am

Justice delayed is justice denied.An open case of corruption and fixed it now so that Pakistan can progress.

Ijaz Feb 15, 2017 09:19am

@aha Divert attention from what? Real issue is corruption everything else is secondary no matter what.

AW Feb 15, 2017 09:20am

Oh please stop wasting public time and resources. The outcome is expected to be the same - slap on the wrist but no conviction.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN, toronto, canada Feb 15, 2017 10:27am

I hope and pray that our judiciary would do as good a job as the Indian Supreme Court did yesterday in sentencing Madam Sasikala of Tamil Nadu. She will spend four years in jail, and was banned from politics for ten years for money laundering.

nuzhat shireen Feb 15, 2017 10:36am

prince of Qatar is coming himself to save our ruler .

Qaiser Ranjha Feb 15, 2017 10:44am

When will national institutions build trust of nation on them.As we see economic ,social,political,moral and spiritual unjust everywhere...If someone dare big fish ate up small one's.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Feb 15, 2017 11:20am

The more the delay in having a verdict in Panama Leaks. The more corruption will damage Pakistan. We have seen an example yesterday in Lahore.

Naveed J. Feb 15, 2017 11:43am

Wrong priorities from both government and opposition, tragic!

Waseem A. Minhas Feb 15, 2017 12:09pm

Court should decide the case at its earliest to protect this nation from any further bomb blasts and killings.

Mirajuddin Feb 15, 2017 12:33pm

Honorable judges the nation is looking towards you !

The end is near Feb 15, 2017 12:49pm

Delaying tactics. They Are not serious although the case is very simple.

Talha Feb 15, 2017 01:22pm

So according to Daniyal Aziz if new genuine evidence surfaces of the corruption it should not be valued? Whether it is Rana Sanaullah blaming the protesters or Talal Chaudhary and Daniyal Aziz shouting , PMLN is increasingly becoming a laughing stock in front of the nation. The Pakistani nation awaits justice in Panama Leaks case.

Gaf Feb 15, 2017 02:11pm

@Naveed J. What wrong priorities from opposition? Are you saying that corruption my the leaders should not be highlighted by the opposition, so what else are there for.... This is stolen money from the poor people of Pakistan. Nothing to do with opposition point scoring etc. just punish the corrupt and get the money back or at least stop any future corruption.

Get you head around, why do you want a corrupt family run your affair. There are many honest people in PMLn, give them as chance, wakeup...

Muhammad zahid Feb 15, 2017 03:42pm

Let him submit other evidences. If sharif's family is clean then why the fear of submitting more evidences?

Nasir-London Feb 15, 2017 06:54pm

@Zafar ahmed: not since the Independence but definitely it started with Ayub Khan's son Gohar Ayub with Kandhara Industries, I believe.