Supreme Court asks Attorney General to submit reply to the JIT allegations report on Thursday

Supreme Court asks Attorney General to submit reply to the JIT allegations report on Thursday
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on petition seeking stoppage of video
recording of Panama papers case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) proceedings and leaking of Hussain Nawaz photograph.

A three-member special implementation bench of the apex court
headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan heard the
case filed by Hussain Nawaz.

During the course of proceedings, Advocate Khawaja Haris
Ahmad counsel for Hussain Nawaz appeared before the bench and said that video recording of JIT proceedings should not be allowed. He alleged that JIT had no control over CCTV cameras.
Khawaja Haris expressed concern over leaking of his client’s picture and said that after leaking of the photo, a video could also be leaked.

What was the guarantee that a video would not be leaked, he asked.
Justice Ejaz remarked that video recording was done for maintaining accurate transcripts. The facts of the case could not be affected by the procedure and nature of statements also
did not change because of it, he added.
Justice Azmat Saeed observed that the proceedings’ recordings would help the petitioner more than it could hurt him. 
Justice Azmat Saeed asked the attorney general if he had read the JIT’s report submitted in the court on Monday. The attorney general replied that he had not read it so far.

The bench directed the attorney general to examine the JIT report and submit his response on Thursday. After listening to
the arguments, the court reserved the judgment over the issue pertaining to leaking of Hussain Nawaz’s picture and
video recording of JIT proceedings and adjourned the hearing of the
case till Thursday.

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