ISLAMABAD (APS) October 28, 2016– Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has established larger bench to hear pleas of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others for Panama Leaks probe.
A five-member larger bench consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan would start hearing from Tuesday.
It is pertinent to mention here that preliminary, a three-member bench conducted the hearing over PTI and other political parties’ pleas.
Earlier, SC issued notices to Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and other parties over the Panamagate petitions seeking the premier’s disqualification.
However, the court dismissed Watan Party’s plea against not establishing commission.
The Chief Justice remarked that the decision to deem the petitions admissible for hearing will be made after hearing the stance of Attorney General and all other parties mentioned in the petition.
In April this year, Panama Papers made a series of documents public after they were studied by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) following leak in the database of a Panama-based law firm known as Mossack Fonseca.
The list included names of over 400 Pakistanis including premier’s daughter and two sons who according to the opposition parties, have professed owning offshore companies to evade taxes in years old interviews.
Different opposition parties have demanded a fresh premier to lead the nation claiming that Nawaz Sharif has lost moral grounds to be the leader over his alleged unaccounted-for wealth.