By Sarmad Ali
(Pak Destiny) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today would have taken respite at least ‘for the time being’ after getting some ‘favourable’ comments from the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.
The Sharif family and Ishaq Dar’s lawyers submitted separate objections to the joint investigation (JIT) report that probed allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family.
Three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal, and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard the case.
The prime minister and his party must have taken sigh of relief when the court said the SC “JIT’s recommendations carry no binding on it to implement them”.
PTI lawyer Naeem Bokhari requested the SC to summon Nawaz Sharif for questioning of his illegal.
Bokhari argued that JIT sought legal assistance from the United Arab Emirates in its investigations and found that the transaction of 12m dirhams which the Sharifs claimed never took place. “It was claimed that the Gulf Steel Mills were sold for 33m Dirhams. This was not the case and the Sharif family had been unable to clear its position regarding the mills.”
Bokhari said the letter by former Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani that was submitted in the SC was “proven to be bogus and therefore, the story is now finished”. “Was the letter bogus or was the story around the letter bogus?” Justice Ejaz Afzal asked the lawyer, to which Bukhari replied that both were fabricated. The PTI lawyer said as per the JIT report, the PM is the beneficial owner of the Saudi-based company Hill Metals Establishment and that the letter from the former Qatari PM was fake.
The judges inquired about the sources of the documents obtained by the JIT. “Without knowing what the sources are, can we say that the documents are accurate?” asked Justice Ejaz Afzal, adding that it would have to be verified whether the documents from abroad were transferred to Pakistan through legal means.
The PML-N’s lawyers will present arguments on Tuesday. The bench also called lawyers of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the next hearing.
The PTI believes that the Sharif family will try its best to linger on the case but at the end of the day Nawaz Sharif will have to go. It is a matter of time that Nawaz is receiving marching order. – Pak Destiny