ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) submitted additional documentary evidence on Tuesday as a new Justice Asif Saeed Khosa-led Supreme Court (SC) larger bench resumes the hearing of ‘Panama Leaks Case’ on January 4th.
PTI’s counsel Naeem Bukhari submitted the documentary evidence at the top court on behalf of Imran Khan and his party.
According to details, the documents include a letter sent to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and an old interview of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif given to a local new channel some years ago, as important evidence to support PTI’s stance in the case.
In addition, the party also included a document regarding the worth of London Flats showing them as part of the Sharif family’s property before 2006.
Chief Justice Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar formed a five-member larger SC bench comprising Supreme Court judges to hear the Panamagate Leaks Case on December 31, 2016.
The new Panamagate bench includes Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hasan.
The Panamagate scandal
Names of several Pakistanis including Nawaz Sharif’s children Maryam, Hussain, and Hasan 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) in April 2016, following which the prime minister had formed an inquiry commission to probe his family’s alleged links to offshore accounts.
Unfortunately, the federal government and the opposition could not agree on drafting joint Terms of References (ToRs).
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) also failed to probe the high-profile case.
The PTI later had said to hold a sit-in in Islamabad on November 2 which was later changed into a ‘celebratory’ rally after the Supreme Court of Pakistan intervened and began hearing the case.