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Panama case: New Year, new bench, new hearing

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ISLAMABAD (APS)December 9, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of Panama Papers case till first week of January. A new bench will hear the case from the beginning after Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali’s retirement on December 30.

During the hearing of the case on Friday, the Chief Justice said there are two days left before his reference and then there will be winter vacations for the judges. He said, therefore, the bench will be reconstituted to hear the case.

Currently, CJP Jamali is heading a larger five-member bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

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Earlier today, the legal team of the Sharif family supported the idea of the formation of commission on Panama Papers issue. Salman Butt and Akram Sheikh said it is up to the court to decide as to how the investigation may be carried forward.

On the other hand, PTI chief Imran Khan’s lawyer Naeem Bukhari opposed the decision to form judicial commission.

“PTI will not accept the formation of a commission and if the court constitutes it then we will boycott proceedings,” Bukhari told the five-member bench.

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