SC awaits Sharif family’s answers today on Panamagate scandal


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday awaits three important answers from Sharif family on their offshore companies, Maryam Nawaz’s financial and legal status and about the accuracy of premier’s past speeches on the issue.

The entire leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) including Chairman Imran Khan and Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed reached the court, hoping the government would not be able to come up with logical responses to the SC queries.

Imran Khan said there were more questions other than the three raised by the top court in the case while, as per PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the defendants were baffled by the questions thrown at them.

“Today is a big day, our last hope is the Supreme Court,” said Sheikh Rasheed.

The court on Tuesday had asked the Sharif family that; How did Prime Minister Sharif’s children create their companies? Is Maryam Nawaz dependent on someone? And, Did Prime Minister Sharif’s tell the truth in his three speeches on Panamagate?

“It is now the responsibility of the defendants to provide evidence after claiming their properties,” according to Justice Khosa.

Saying it was important for the defendants to clear their positions; Justice Amir Muslim explained yesterday, “It was the main charge that their offshore companies and properties were created through illegal means.”

The apex court also had raised the issue of Maryam Nawaz’s dependency matter.

Prime Minister’s lawyer Salman Butt told the court that Maryam Nawaz was not her father’s dependent child during 2011 and 2012.

Tracing money trail regarding Sharif family’s properties in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and London, the court had asked how money was transferred to Dubai.

Naeem Bukhari accused the prime minister of misleading the nation through false statements on the corruption charges against him.

Meanwhile, PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had requested the larger bench to hold day-to-day proceedings.

JI also asked the court to create a commission but Justice Anwar Zaheer said, “We will make a commission only when it becomes inevitable to do so.”

The Panamagate Scandal appeared in April 2016 when names of several Pakistanis including Nawaz Sharif’s children surfaced in one of the world’s biggest ever data leaks through an online searchable database made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).