Panama Case: Corruption allegations against PM not frivolous, says SC

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Panama Case: Corruption allegations against PM not frivolous, says SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) observed on Wednesday that allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family in Panamagate case were not ‘frivolous’.

“The qualification [competence] of the prime minister is the basic fundamental right of all citizens of the country,” Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh remarked as the apex court’s five-judge larger bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, resumed the hearing of the ongoing Panamagate case. 

“The allegations are not frivolous as they could be right or wrong.”

Meanwhile, Attorney-General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali submitted before the court that disputed material was provided by the petitioner [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf], therefore, the “court cannot give a verdict in the case.” 

On this, Justice Azmat asked the AGP to recommend a way forward to adjudicate on the disputed facts in the matter.