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November 01, 2016

Pakistan Supreme Court ordered investigation against PM Nawaz Sharif regarding Panama papers leak


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Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered a probe against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifregarding the Panama papers leak scandal involving corruption allegations against the family of the beleaguered premier. According to the Panama Papers, Nawaz Sharif's children Maryam, Hasan and Hussain were owners of offshore companies and were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies.

In the presence of several cabinet ministers, lawyers of petitioners, senior PTI leaders and media, a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan stated that it was ready to appoint a probe commission headed by a judge and equipped with the powers of the Supreme Court.

The court ordered the government and petitioners to present their Terms of Reference (ToR) for the probe panel. The court then stated that if the government and petitioners failed to present it, the court will decide to harmonize the ToR. Notably, the court also expressed its willingness to hold hearings on a daily basis.

Sharif and his family have however dismissed the allegations of money laundering and denied any wrongdoing, but the opposition is demanding an independent probe.

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