Islamabad, January 24, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has remarked the court will decide either to call Prime Minister (PM) or otherwise after hearing the arguments of all petitioners,
“PM will be summoned at every cost if need arises”, he further observed.
A 5-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa took up for hearing Panama case Tuesday.
Counsel for Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Taufiq Asif at the outset of his arguments cited to Zafar Ali Shah case,
Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh remarked “Khalid Anwar was not counsel for Nawaz Sharif in the case you are referring to.
Taufiq Asif replied he would establish that late Anwar Khalid had been contesting the cases as counsel for Nawaz Sharif. It is mentioned in the decision of the court in Zafar Ali Shah case that London flats were owned by Sharif family.
Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh remarked nothing was mentioned about London flats in court’s decision. Court had only mentioned about alleged corruption in the verdict and alleged corruption cannot be considered as court\s decision.
Counsel for JI Taufiq Asif informed the court while talking pertaining to Dubai mills that statement of Tariq Shafi was not correct on which Justice Azmat Saeed asked that did you replied that statement to prove it wrong?
Taufiq Asif replied that the court can record the statements however justice Khosa remarked that the court will review all aspects in this regard in its verdict.
The court rejected the statement of Maryam Nawaz being not signed by her.
“How can you submit documents without a signature?” Justice Asif Khosa asked.
During the proceedings, Maryam Nawaz’s reply was read out. “I was married in 1992 to a serving Captain who later joined the Civil Service. My husband has been paying taxes since 1986. My husband and father were targeted in an act of revenge and my husband was terminated from service illegally.”
She denied she is the beneficial owner for the London flats. “PTI will have to submit evidence,” it adds.
The documents with signatures will be submitted again.
Speaking to the media, outside the Supreme Court, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman said that had the revelation not been made in the Panama Leaks they [Sharifs] would never have accepted that they owned the London Flats.
“We have never stated that there were cases on Maryam Nawaz. We have always maintained that Nawaz Sharif’s money is involved in the London Flats,” he said.
He added that since 1993 the ownership of the London flats had not been changed.
PTI spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haque said that no gains will be made by filing a case in the Election Commission of Pakistan.
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the Panama Leaks case had reached its final phase. “Now the Prime Minister’s children will have to explain how they got rich.”
State Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb said that false allegations were being hurled at the Prime Minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. Without naming Imran Khan she said, “Some people like to lie outside the Supreme Court. Imran Khan is basing his politics on Panama Papers.”
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Daniyal Aziz said that Imran Khan was being disrespectful towards institutions. “The Prime Minister was elected by the people of Pakistan thrice.”
During the proceedings on Monday, the court questioned links of the prime minister with the Sharif family’s business.