Pakistan top court reserves ruling in Panama Papers case involving Sharif, family
The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday reserved the ruling in Panama documents, in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family are accused of accumulating assets abroad through offshore companies and concealing the tax authorities information.
The assets under the microscope are four apartments in the Park Lane area, London.
Was not given the verdict of the date of the announcement. If found guilty, M. Sharif may find the disqualification of the policy. The case has dominated incumbents in Pakistan for more than a year and most of the ministers, including the prime minister himself and opposition leaders, focus only on the case.
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Imran Khan has filed a petition in the apex court after the publication of the Panama documents.
Last April, M. Sharif escaped later, when the Supreme Court, in a decision 3-2, ordered an investigation against him. Two judges in the minority trial stated that it was not true. A judge even mentioned as a sponsor and used strong words like “Sicilian Mafia”.
A joint investigation team (JIT) was formed by the judges to see if the Sharif have used legitimate means to buy apartments. The JIT concluded last week in a report that damieux M. Sharif and his children lived within their means and presented falsified documents to hide their assets. Mr. Sharif’s lawyers always deny the allegations.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court reviewed the findings of the ECI to decide whether M. Sharif is permanently disqualified or whether the case is sent to the anti-corruption body National Accountability Office.
The court, after hearing the arguments of both parties, reserved the verdict. However, he said he would address the question of whether Mr. Sharif was true. M. Sharif, on the other hand, holds public meetings and asked what the charges against him.
“I still do not know what charges we are facing.I have not done any kidnapped corruption of Treasury funds.This seems to be a conspiracy,” he said at a meeting in Dir region higher Thursday.