Supreme Court reserves verdict on Panama JIT report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in Panama implementation case after hearing arguments of all parties on Joint Investigation Team report submitted last week.

The date to issue the judgment will be announced later.

Earlier, the apex court on Friday reviewed Volume X of final report submitted by the Joint Investigation Team, which was earlier kept secret on JIT’s request.

Soon after the three-member special implementation bench resumed hearing of the Panama Papers case, the court summoned the JIT report’s volume 10 in the courtroom and opened it for reviewing the documents.

The court also gave the Volume X documents to only Khawaja Haris, the counsel of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked him to examine specific sections of the said volume.

It was fifth consecutive hearing after the JIT report was submitted on July 10.

The bench observed that it will operate strictly within the remits of the law and not trample anyone’s individual rights.

Salman Akram Raja, the counsel of PM Nawaz Sharif children, said they could not even think of submitting false documents to the court, adding that it was a clerical mistake from his predecessor Akram Shaikh office which led to a confusion of dates regarding ownership of offshore companies by the premier’s children.

He informed the bench that there were several law firms in London that operate on Saturdays, to which the bench agreed.

PM’s Disqualification

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsen observed that the bench is already considering the disqualification issue of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. On arguments of the counsel, Justice Azmat remarked that ‘we guarantee you that we will review this matter’.

The bench was also of the view that public office holder is accountable due to his position.

Earlier, in his remarks, Justice Azmat Saeed Shaikh remarked, “Everything will be made public and the Volume 10 will be opened.”

FIA Additional Director Wajid Zia who led the JIT to compile the report, on July 10 while submitting it to the court, had pleaded before it not to make Volume 10 public, saying it will be used for further investigation.

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