Live Updates: Panama Papers case ruling

Source:  Samaa Published in Current Affairs on Thursday, April 20, 2017

11:30 – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan says the Panama case decision will be in accordance with people’s aspiration

“After the ruling, corruption will come to an end. I foresee a new Pakistan,” Khan said, while speaking to Samaa, claiming that he did not level mere allegations but ‘presented proofs’ in the court.

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11:00 – Maryam Nawaz Sharif‏, the daughter of Prime Minister, took to twitter, claiming that her father enjoys ‘overwhelming support’ regardless of the any fear of the verdict.

“Whatever the verdict, am amazed & humbled to see the overwhelming support for Nawaz Sharif. For a leader, that’s the most prized possession… That is so true & looking back, am thankful for that. As I said, strongest steel is forged in hottest fires,” she said in a series to tweets ahead of the ruling.

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What will PTI do after Panama ruling?

The country braces for an unusual and historic decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan today (Thursday) on Panama Papers scandal involving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children.

All eyes are on the apex court that will announce its eagerly-awaited verdict this afternoon. Authorities have beefed up security in the federal capital, especially at the Supreme Court and adjoining areas, deploying Rangers with police.

Nearly one year after the Panama Papers scandal surfaced, the verdict was reserved by the court on 23rd February this year after conducting 26 hearings.

The case was heard by a five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

As the countdown to the decision begins, the three main political parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — have finalised their strategies post-Panamagate.

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The PM chaired a party meeting at the Prime Minister House where he appeared to be unfazed.

The Prime Minister has asked PML-N workers not to come to the Supreme Court today for hearing the verdict. In a statement, he said irrelevant people should refrain from entering the court’s premises.

PTI chairman Imran Khan expressed hope that the prime minister would not be given a ‘clean chit’ in the verdict and would be penalised in some way for “hiding his and his family’s assets off shore”.

The PTI has announced a public meeting at the Parade Ground following the apex court’s decision.

The PPP leadership met at the federal capital where party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari said he did not expect much from the verdict.

PPP spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said his party would decide its future line of action after the verdict announcement.

He said the party leadership would meet again at 2pm on Thursday, “to sit together to listen to the verdict”.  – Samaa