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Petition seeks SC to summon PM in Panamagate Case hearing

LAHORE: A petition has been filed in Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court seeking the apex court’s order to summon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panamagate case, ARY News reported.

The petition filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri claimed that PM Sharif has smuggled billions of rupees out of the country which has inflicted irreparable loss to the national exchequer.

He pleaded the court to summon the prime minister and make him record his statement as he has to provide evidence of his innocence as required to do so in breach of trust case under Pakistani and Islamic laws.

The 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 the 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 apex court on October 21 had announced to begin the hearing on the Panamagate petitions filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members. Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali formed a larger bench in a bid to hear petitions in the Panama Papers leaks case on November 1.



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