Panama Papers Case hearing in SC on January 16

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Panama Papers Case hearing in SC on January 16

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan resumes the Panama Papers case hearing on Monday, January 16.

 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan resumes his arguments before the 5 member bench.

 

In the previous hearing on Friday January 13, Makhdoom Ali Khan maintained that substantial evidence was required for the disqualification of a member of the National Assembly.

 

He maintained that the evidence presented by petitioners so far did not fulfill the requirements for the disqualification.

 

A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others seeking investigation into Panama Papers.

 

During the course of proceedings, Makhdoom Ali Khan quoted Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution and said the requirements for the conviction and disqualification had not been met by the petitioners.

 

The issue of ineligibility could be raised at the time of the filing of nomination papers and after election the criteria of ineligibility could not be lowered, however, application of co-warranto could be filed, he argued.

 

The issue of fake degrees was resolved at tribunal level, he added.

 

At this juncture, Justice Khosa told Makhdoom Ali Khan that the cases he was referring to were against the Election Commission and not the tribunal.

 

Earlier, PTI counsel Naeem Bukhari and Jamat-e-Islami counsel Taufeeq Asif had concluded their arguments in the Panama Papers case before the court on Wednesday last.

 

Later, hearing of the case was adjourned till Monday (January 16).