ECP to hear disqualification references against PM on August 3

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Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—After becoming fully functional with the appointment of four newmembers, the Election Commission has decided to dispose of the pending work and it has chosen to start the process with the hearing of disqualification references filed against prime minister on Panama leaks.
The references filed by Pakistan Peoples’s Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaaf, Awami Muslim League and Pakistan Awami Tehreek will be heard at the same time, sources told this correspondent adding the election commission will start hearing of the references on Wednesday.
Pakistan People’s Party has filed a 1000-page reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan, calling for the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The party maintains that Nawaz Sharif had defaulted Rs6 billion when he filed his nomination papers in the ECP in 2013. PPP petition also alleged that PM’s daughter, Mariam Nawaz’s assets were concealed by her husband Captain (Retd) Safdar.
The PTI filed a 72-page reference in the ECP calling for the disqualification of the prime minister for hiding his assets.
Prime Minister Nawaz has been under pressure since the Panama Papers data leak showed his children owing several off-shore companies and using them to buy properties in London.
However the prime minister denies wrongdoing, as do his children.
He addressed the nation twice on the television and once used the floor of the National Assembly giving background of his family business. He offered himself and his family for accountability.
Leaked confidential documents spanning over nearly 40 years spelt out extensive use of tax havens by politicians, world leaders, and celebrities to launder money and evade taxes.

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