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JIT findings to be scrutinised in trial court: SC

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ISLAMABAD: A five-member Larger Bench of Supreme Court heard review petitions of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children against August 28 decision of the apex court in Panama Papers Case.

The larger bench is headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and also comprises of Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ejaz ul Ahsan.

Nawaz Sharif’s council Khawaja Haris gave his arguments before the bench.

Haris said his client was disqualified under Article 62(1)(f) without any show-cause notice. “Sharif should have been given the chance of a fair trial,” he contended.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan said the court had praised the JIT investigation, saying that the findings would be scrutinised in the trial court.




Justice Asif Saeed Khosa made it clear that all judges on the bench had agreed on the July 28 judgement.

The content of the minority judgement of April 20 and majority judgement of July 28 may have been different, but they both reached the same conclusion: Nawaz Sharif stands disqualified, he said.

The hearing was adjourned till tomorrow (Thursday).

Background

Last month, Nawaz Sharif filed three separate petitions in Supreme Court to review and stay further implementation of the Panamagate verdict that resulted in his disqualification.

The petitions, submitted by Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris, also carried relevant documents concerning the iqama — a United Arab Emirates work visa — that led the judges to declare Nawaz “unfit to hold office”.

Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, son-in-law Muhammad Safdar and Dar, also filed petitions seeking a review of the judgement disqualifying Sharif from holding office.

The petitioners argued that the verdict violated many laws.

On July 28, Sharif was disqualified by Supreme Court from holding office for life over a corruption scandal stemming from the Panama Papers leak in 2016. The documents had revealed that his family owned several illegally acquired offshore properties and businesses.

It was a unanimous decision by the five-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan. The judges had said that Sharif had cheated the Parliament and the courts, and was not fit to hold the position.

The court had also disqualified Finance Minister Dar, and said Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz will not be allowed to contest elections. She was touted to be Sharif’s successor.

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