Panamagate case: PM and his children’s statements are contradictory, says Bukhari

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has resumed the hearing of Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, Aaj News reported. 

A five-member Bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the case on daily basis.

According to latest media reports, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafs (PTI) counsel Naeem Bukhari continued his arguments, said that there are contradictions in the statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children.

Bokhari called for the Sharif family to provide a record of the ownership of the London flats from when a law regarding bearer certificates was passed in 2002 till the time they were transferred.

“The Sharif family will have to provide proof of the Qatari royal family having ownership of the certificate,” Bokhari said.

“A bearer certificate is not a prize bond”, he stated, “and the offshore company belongs to the person who has the bearer certificate. According to law, it is necessary to alert authorities about the ownership of a bearer certificate,” he said.

“We want the court to give a verdict on disqualifying the Prime Minister,” Bukhari said.

Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that going by Naeem Bukhari’s definition Maryam Nawaz is dependent on Hussain Nawaz. “Even now one has to determine when the London flats were bought?”

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed in his arguments said, “The court knows what is happening, we are simply here to assist it. The Sharif family is hiding behind the Qatar letter. The Qatar prince is Rescue 1122 for the Sharifs.” His arguments were met with laughter in the courtroom, while the judges expressed their displeasure.

The case was adjourned till Thursday as the bench is hearing the case on a daily basis.

In yesterday’s (Tuesday) hearing,  PTI’s Bukhari again talked about the ownership of London flats said that they belonged to the Sharif family.

In his remarks, Justice Khosa said that he does not want to go into political matters. Justice Khosa further clarified, “To prove corruption is not our job.”

The top court told the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to knock on the doors of accountability courts if it wishes to receive a judgement on the basis of National Accountability Bureau investigations. -Business Recorder