SC full bench to hear Panama Leaks pleas on Oct 20


Islamabad—The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has formed three-member bench for hearing of petitions filed by Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and others over Panama leaks issue on October 20. Full bench comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Aijaul Ahsan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain would resume the hearing of five constitutional petitions seeking SC verdict for probe into most controversial issue of Panama leaks.
These petitions have been moved by Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirjul Haq, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, Chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed Ahemd, Tariq Asad Advocate and Chief of Watan Party Barrister Zaffarullah.
These petitions have been moved under article 184(3) of the constitution.Supreme Court (SC) on September 28 had removed objections of registrar over the pleas of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) regarding Panama leaks issue. Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case in his chamber at SC in which he said that the decision of declaring the pleas admissible will be taken in open court. He also ended all the objections of registrar and directed the authorities to fix case in open court for initial hearing.
Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had moved a plea in the Supreme Court for probe of Panama leaks urging to bar Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ishaq Dar and Captain Safdar from carrying on with official duties.
The plea accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of lying about his assets during an address in the National Assembly and urges the court to disqualify him as premier of the country.
PM Nawaz Sharif violated the law and gone against the Constitution of Pakistan by not coming clean about the worth of his assets, the petition stated.
The party had also urged the court to put names of the premier and his family in the Exit Control List which gave rise to the objections of the registrar after which PTI submited another petition.
Advocate Hamid Khan stated that the plea was written by SC’s three most experienced lawyers in which questions regarding basic rights and national importance were raised.
He said that objections of registrar were against constitution’s 9,14,17 and 25 sections. It was also mentioned in the petition that the objections are unjustified and humiliation of lawyers.
Earlier this year, Panama Papers published documents leaked from database of a law firm called Mosack Fonseca that were studied by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
The documents named 140 world leaders including Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and two sons as owners of different offshore companies.
Shell companies generally go with connotation of association with illegal trasnference of money across countries. The paper however did not allege any person mentioned in the documents of using the offshore companies for evading taxes or breaking any law.
But, different opposition parties, mainly Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf raised the issue and pressurized the government prompting the premier to form a parliamentary committee to finalise joint Terms of References in light of which the Supreme Court will probe the matter.—SABAH