Nawaz Sharif files petitions against Panamagate verdict of Supreme Court

Islamabad, Aug 15 (IBNS): Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had to step down after the Panamagate verdict passed by the Supreme Court on July 28, filed three petitions against the latter on Tuesday, media reports said.

The Supreme Court has passed an order on July 28 related to the leakage of Panama papers which made Nawaz stand disqualified to hold the Prime Ministerial post.

The petitions have been made by Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Harris with an aim to review and put a stay on further implementations of the Panamagate verdict.

Apart from the review petition and the one to stay further implementations, Nawaz’s lawyer has filed the third petition related to the iqama, i.e., a working visa to the U.A.E. which made the judges disqualify the former PM from his post.

The verdict in the case was passed by a bench of five judges.

However, Nawaz through the appeal argued that two of the judges were unfit to pass the judgement after their dissenting order on Apr 20.

The review petition was quoted by the Dawn: “By signing the the final order of the court…… have actually passed two judgements in the same case, which is unprecedented in judicial history.”

The issue of Panama Leaks came to light on April 4, 2016, as part of a massive leak of secret files from a Panamanian law firm that specialises in setting up offshore companies. A trove of 11.5 million digital records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca last year revealed how world’s wealthy used offshore companies to stash assets.

According to the Panama Papers, three of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s four children – Maryam, Hasan and Hussain – were owners of offshore companies and “were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies.” but the Sharif family has dismissed the allegations of money laundering and denied any wrongdoing.

Source: India Blooms News Service