Panama case: JI seeks PM’s court appearance

Source:  Samaa Published in Current Affairs on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appearance in the apex court to clear his position regarding his family’s alleged offshore assets.

The SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing into the Panama Papers case today. Other bench members are Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.

In today’s proceeding, Jamaat-e-Islami council Tauseef Asif Advocate filed a petition stating that all fingers are being pointed at the PM and his family; hence he is the only person who can tell the truth and justify his position.

“The PM addressed the Parliament in May 2016 and contrary to this speech, he produced Qatar royal family member’s letter in the court. In the court arguments so far, only the PM is in the focus.”

“It is, therefore, respectfully prayed that, under the facts and circumstances mentioned above, Mr Prime Minister may be called in person to clarify the controversy that has arisen due to his statements in order to reach the complete truth, in the interest of justice,” the application reads.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s lawyer, Naeem Bukhari, continued his arguments in today’s hearing, contending that London flats are owned by Sharif family.

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Meanwhile, Justice Khosa withdrew his yesterday’s observation in the case about implementation of Article 62 and 63 dealing with honesty and truthfulness.

On Monday, the bench identified “honesty” as the real issue in the Panama Papers case. The bench was of the view that there should be a balance between satisfying the requirements of law and interpreting implementation of the disqualification law that can affect everybody.

“This case is the first of its kind… we know the gravity of a declaration by the court and its affect for both the parties, saying that someone was not honest. But we have to lay down parameters, otherwise, except for the Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, no one will survive,” Justice Khosa had observed.

However, he withdrew his observation today, saying that he should not have expressed such views regarding the parliamentarians. Justice Khosa said “I regret my words.” – Samaa