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Sharifs may appeal SC to expunge ‘Godfather’ quote from verdict

LAHORE: The Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case had a reference to Mario Puzo’s novel Godfather in the beginning and it did hog limelight in the media coverage, but the ruling quarter appears to be perturbed with mention of the crime novel in the judgment.

The Sharif family is considering appealing the Supreme Court in a plea to expunge the remarks that suggests an analogy between the ‘Godfather’ character and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The 540-page verdict begins with the quote from Puzo’s novel: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime”, originally attributed to 19th-century French writer Honoré de Balzac.

Some political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf used the analogy to lash out at the PM for his alleged involvement in corruption. While a number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders spoke out against the choice of analogy used in the judgment.

“The reference to Godfather in the [Panama Papers] judgment is disturbing. We are considering filing a review against such remarks in the apex court,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters in front of the Punjab Assembly on Saturday, adding: “We seek guidance from [the] Quran, not Godfather.”

‘The Godfather’, a crime novel written by Italian American Mario Puzo recounting the tale of a mafia family and the epigraph picked by the author was fascinating which still on many occasions recalled.

Despite leaving many with mixed feelings, the beginning of the judgment appealed to many which went on to explain how the epigraph was inspired by a sentence authored by Honore de Balzac. The original quote:  “The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out because it was properly executed.”

The court then observed how it was ‘ironical’ and a sheer coincidence that the present case revolves around the very sentence attributed to Balzac.

According to reports, PM Sharif’s legal team is considering all aspects of filing a review petition, seeking expunging of ‘certain remarks’ in the Panama Papers judgment.

 

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