ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s legal team on Thursday submitted written reply in Supreme Court’s panamagate latest hearing, Aaj News reported.
According to the reports, the reply included details of the prime minister’s public office tenure.
A five member larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the case on Thursday again. PTI’s counsel Naeem Bukhari continued his arguments in today’s hearing as well.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that the court is not in any hurry and will give everybody full opportunity to make his point as it is very important case.
The apex court asked the PM legal team to tell exact date regarding Nawaz Sharif’s appointment as the minister of finance, his selection as Punjab chief minister, appointment as the prime minister and date of his exile.
To which Lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan informed, that Nawaz Sharif had served as finance minister of Punjab from April 25, 1981 to February 28, 1985. He was CM Punjab from April 9, 1985 to May 30, 1988 whereas he took charge as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on November 6, 1990 but resigned in 1993 for the first time, and then from 1997 till 1999 served as the prime minister for the second time.
From 1993 till 1996 he was opposition leader. He was exiled in 2000, and his exile ended in 2007.
On the second day of the ongoing case hearing, the apex court sought details regarding how the Sharif family made investments in Qatar and raised properties in London.
You have to prove that the money obtained by selling Gulf Steel remained in prime ministers account, Justice Ijaz-ul-Hasan told Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Naeem Bukhari and added, If you failed, we will have issues.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Hasan continued that the 12 million dirhams, it seemed so, were never spent in two decades. Giving arguments over the Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thanis letter, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Naeem Bukhari said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif never mentioned any such letter in his statements.
Bukhari claimed that the Qatari Prince letter was nothing but a deception and urged the bench to exclude it from the case proceedings, a plea the court refused to accept later.
The bench is headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.
In last hearing on Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided to conduct hearings of the Panamagate case on daily basis. The new bench decided that the court would not accept any further unnecessary adjournments in the case and hearing would be conducted on daily basis. Justice Khosa said, “We will not leave anything unattended.”
The bench further questioned legality of Panama Papers in last hearing, as PTIs lawyer Naeem Bokhari gave his arguments and shared details of Sharif familys business in Dubai. Bukhari appealed the court to disqualify the PM for concealing his assets and evading tax in Pakistan. The bench, however, observed that all decision will be taken on the basis of facts.
The court later adjounrned the hearing till Friday. -Business Recorder/Aaj News