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Panama Papers case: PM gave contradictory statements, says SC

ISLAMABAD :(Parliament Times ) While hearing the Panama Papers case today (Wednesday), the Supreme Court of Pakistan remarked that there is contradiction between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statements that were given to the court and those that were made on the floor of the National Assembly.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali conducted the hearing in presence of the government representatives, lawyers of petitioners, senior PTI leaders including Imran Khan, AML chief Sheikh Rasheed and the media.

During the case proceeding, Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that Sharif family members maintain that they have invested 12 million dirhams in Qatar.

He observed that there are discrepancies between the Prime Minister’s documents and his public statements.

Justice Azmat Saeed observed that the Sharifs had failed to explain how they had financed the construction of Jeddah Steel Mills.

Pakistan Tehereek-e-Insaf’s counsel Naeem Bukhari contended that Sharif family had failed to produce a single document showing how money had been transferred from Pakistan to Dubai, Doha, Jeddah and London.

The Prime Minister was not truthful and honest (sadiq and ameen) thus liable to be disqualified from the National Assembly, the PTI lawyer told court.

According to a vast leak of documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, three of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s four children – Maryam, Hasan and Hussain owned London property through an offshore company.

Sharif and his family have dismissed the allegations of money laundering and denied any wrongdoing but the opposition is demanding an independent probe.

The case hearing has been adjourned till December 6.

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