Panama case judgment to set historic precedent: SC judge

Sophia Siddiqui


As the nation awaits verdict Supreme Court Panamgate case, a judge of the apex court who was part of the larger bench that heard the case Tuesday stated that the court’s ruling in the Panamagate case will set a precedent which would be remembered for centuries.
“Our pronouncement will be endured for centuries,” Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, said in his remarks during the hearing of an appeal filed by the Punjab government against the Lahore High Court’s order suspending the construction
of the Orange Line Metro Train project.
The SC judge expressed these remarks in response to a statement made by Khawaja Ahmad Hosain, the counsel for respondents – civil society members who had challenged the Orange Line’s construction in the LHC. “In the Panama case, the bench had observed that they will give a verdict on which no objections could be raised for 20 years,” Hosain said while asking for a similar verdict in the Orange Line case.
Reserving judgment in the month of February, The Supreme Court of Pakistan had conducted 26 hearings of the Panama Leaks case. Another apex court judge, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, observed that the court did not want any damage done to the heritage sites in the city. “We know if we pass a wrong judgment and sites are damaged then “we will carry this cross forever,” he said.

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