Panama Case in SC: Chairman NAB refuses to go against Sharif Family
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed the Panama Papers case hearing on Tuesday.
During the proceedings of the case, the court asked NAB chairperson Qamar Zaman Chaudhry about the steps undertaken by the accountability watchdog in the Panamagate case. In his response, Chaudhry said he was waiting for the clearance of ‘regulator’ in the matter.
Upon this the five-judge bench, which is hearing a slew of petitions against the Sharif family’s alleged corruption in the ongoing Panamagate case, expressed its wonder, asking who the chairperson’s regulator was. “Are you regulated by someone?” Justice Gulzar Ahmad asked the NAB chairperson.
When the bench asked the NAB chairperson whether or not he still intended to file a reference against the four-year-old Lahore High Court verdict for quashing Rs1.2 billion Hudabiya Paper Mills case against the Sharifs, Chaudhry said he will stand by his earlier view of not filling an appeal.
Upon this the bench asked him to be ready to face the consequences as the court cannot force him to file an appeal at this state.
Justice Khosa wondered that NAB did not give weightage to the opinion of an LHC judge who asked for reinvestigation in the Hudabiya Paper mills case. He said everyone was shifting their responsibility including the ruling family and the state investigation agencies.