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PM bars party workers from going to Supreme Court today

PM bars party workers from going to Supreme Court today PM bars party workers from going to Supreme Court today
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 06:14

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government whether a Special Investigation Team (SIT) should be constituted to probe the offshore accounts of Indians revealed in the Panama paper leaks. The bench had reserved its verdict on February 23 and said that it will review all angles of the case in detail and then announce a verdict.

In Panama Papers Case, Makhdoom Ali Khan was the Counsel of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while Shahid Hamid and Salman Akram Raja represented his Children including Marriyum Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz.

"Imran Khan has clearly stated that we will accept the decision of the Supreme Court, but we believe that enough evidence has been presented to remove the prime minister, and that a verdict should be reached based on the evidence", Naeem ul Haque, a spokesman for Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said.

It was also being said that this particular decision will go down in history due to its unique outcome. PML-N leadership today held meetings to chalk out strategy in the wake of Panama verdict.

Nisar observed it is abundantly clear that Nawaz Sharif is no more honest and trustworthy (Sadiq-o-Ameen); however, he hoped that the court will deliver a verdict worth being remembered for centuries.

In 2014, Khan led a months-long protest that paralysed the government quarter in the capital, Islamabad, after rejecting Sharif's decisive election win a year earlier.

"The nation is expecting some sort of judgement which will change the course of history in Pakistan", senior Supreme Court lawyer S.M. Zafar told AFP, though he said it was hard to predict the verdict.

The Supreme Court verdict will decide on the disqualification of the PM over his speeches to the nation and on the floor of the National Assembly.

Imran's party is the main petitioner in the Panama case involving alleged illegal money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as Prime Minister to purchase assets in London.

"The investigations into such names is still going on and all cases will be thoroughly investigated", he said, adding that the MAG's report had a complete chapter on the Panama paper leaks.

The case pertains to leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca that showed Sharif's children, including heir apparent Maryam Nawaz, owned offshore assets worth millions of dollars.

Lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma had filed a plea in the apex court seeking a thorough investigation into the case. The papers exposed prominent politicians, celebrities, businessmen and criminals who had set up offshore companies in different parts of the world.