Panama case: PTI leaders optimistic about Sharif's disqualification

Fawad Chaudhry, one of the lawyers for opposition leader Imran Khan said Sharif faced a serious challenge and "we hope Nawaz Sharif will be disqualified" for concealing his assets.

The arrest comes just over a week after the investigating team, tasked by the Supreme Court with probing the graft claims, said that documents naming Sharif's daughter Maryam as a trustee for several of the family's high-end London properties were also "falsified".

The records have been attested by Dubai authorities in which it is stated that the Sharif family sold 25pc of its Ahli Steel Mills shares on 14th April 1980.

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday concluded hearing the sensitive Panama Papers case against beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family for alleged corruption and money laundering, but reserved its verdict that could jeopardise his political future.

Pakistan's Supreme Court has finished hearings regarding the family wealth of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and will begin deliberations on whether to disqualify him for corruption. Volume X of the report, titled "Mutual Legal Assistance Requests - Ongoing", is related to JIT's global correspondence and the documents obtained from foreign countries during the investigation.

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During the entire course, the three member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal heard the arguments over the final report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from the petitioners and the respondents in five consecutive hearings starting from July 17.

Marriyum said that with the power of the ballot Nawaz Sharif would again have a landslide victory in 2018 elections and the elements involved in hurling baseless allegations at him would have to bite the dust. The judges had also expressed an inclination to make Volume X public.

The protests were called by Pakistan's top lawyers' associations, including the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association.

The bench had questioned the authenticity of the documents submitted by the lawyer on behalf of his clients, pointing out that the trust deed - executed between Maryam Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz in February 2006 was signed on Saturday in a country where it was not possible to seek official appointments on a holiday.

Sharif has dismissed the JIT report as a "bundle of baseless allegations" and refused to quit.

  • Adam Floyd