ISLAMABAD: PTI chairman Imran Khan spoke about the upcoming verdict in the Panama leaks case in his address in Leaders in Pakistan Summit.
“What should happen in Panama is that for the first time in our history a powerful person should be convicted for corruption,” Khan said.
The PTI chairman claimed that in the past the judicial system had sided with the powerful in the country.
“This is a defining moment in the history of Pakistan. This verdict will change the way the ruling elite govern in Pakistan.”
Imran Khan told those in attendance that in a democratic system it was the right of citizens to protest peacefully.
“We have always protested peacefully. The first time we demanded a recount of four constituencies so we can find out what happened in the election 22 political parties said the election was rigged. When this did not happen we waited for a year and then protested. The second time was when we demanded an investigation into Panama.”
Khan emphasised that the PTI had stayed within the constitution and stood up for the democratic right to get justice.
On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court took up petitions by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamhoori Watan Party and others for hearing, in an open court, beginning the long-drawn proceedings of the Panama case in the apex court.
The five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court concluded hearing the case on February 23, and reserved the final judgment.
Headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the larger bench comprised Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan. It took the SC bench 26 days to reach a verdict in the case.
The much-awaited announcement of the Panama case verdict is expected in the middle of April.