Sharif family may appeal Supreme Court against controversial remarks in Panama decision
LAHORE: Sharif family is mulling option to approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the issue of the Panama Papers case decision starting with the controversial remarks comparing the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with the notorious criminal novelist Godfather.
The Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case had a reference to Mario Puzo’s novel Godfather in the beginning and it did hog limelight in the media coverage, but the ruling quarter appears to be perturbed with mention of the crime novel in the judgment.
The Sharif family is considering appealing the Supreme Court in a plea to expunge the remarks that suggests an analogy between the ‘Godfather’ character and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The 540-page verdict begins with the quote from Puzo’s novel: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime”, originally attributed to 19th-century French writer Honoré de Balzac.
Some political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf used the analogy to lash out at the PM for his alleged involvement in corruption. While a number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders spoke out against the choice of analogy used in the judgment.
“The reference to Godfather in the [Panama Papers] judgment is disturbing. We are considering filing a review against such remarks in the apex court,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters in front of the Punjab Assembly on Saturday, adding: “We seek guidance from [the] Quran, not Godfather.”