ISLAMABAD:(APS)July 28,2017-The Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case.
A five member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, pronounced its unanimous verdict in Islamabad on Friday.
The court declared that Mian Nawaz Sharif failed to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from Capital FZE of UAE in his nomination papers filed for 2013 general elections. It observed that having furnished a false declaration under solemn affirmation, Mian Nawaz Sharif is not honest in terms of Section 99(1) of Representation of Peoples Act and Article 62(1) (f) of the Constitution. Therefore, he is disqualified to be a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).
It asked the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue a notification disqualifying Mian Nawaz Sharif from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) with immediate effect. After that, he would cease to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Supreme Court asked the President to take all necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process.
The bench directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to prepare and file within six weeks of the judgement, references against Mian Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar.
It also directed filing of a reference against Ishaq Dar for possessing assets and funds beyond his known sources of income.
The references would be filed on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the JIT in its report and other material as may be available with FIA and NAB.
The Accountability Court would be required to decide these references in six months from the date of filing of the reference.
The bench requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to nominate a judge of the apex court to supervise and monitor implementation of the judgment in letter and spirit. It will also oversee the proceedings conducted by the NAB and the Accountability Court.
It may be recalled that the same larger bench had earlier constituted a Joint Investigation Team. After receipt of the report of the JIT, a three member implementation bench led by Justice Ejaz Afzal heard the case and reserved the judgment last Friday.