Panama case: PM cannot be disqualified without concrete evidence

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ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing the Panama Leaks case on Friday.

The Prime Minister’s lawyer Makhdoom Ali Khan in his arguments said that in order to disqualify the Prime Minister a judicial declaration is needed.

He argued that the section in Article 62 about “Sadiq and Ameen (truthful and trustworthy)” gave a clean slate to frame anyone.

“The Supreme Court in the Ishaq Khakwani case had declared Article 62 of the constitution a nightmare,” he argued.

The session was adjourned till Monday.

PM is finally responding to allegations: Imran Khan

Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan said that the Prime Minister was finally replying to allegations against him. “In a democracy the Prime Minister is answerable.”

He added that the Nawaz Sharif was running away from the court. “National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance does not need to change. The Prime Minister needs to change,” he said.

“It seems like we will need four witnesses to prove the money trail,” he said.

Members of the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz spoke to the media outside the Supreme Court. State Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb said, “Telling lies, and politics of protests is not the right PTI has not submitted any documentary evidence till now.”

During the last hearing, the bench remarked that the Prime Minister had said his life was an open book, but “now we feel that several pages of that book are missing.” Jusitce Ijaz remarked that the records which the Prime Minister mentioned had not been produced. “We cannot decide what is true or false without looking at the records,” he said.