Bilawal pessimistic about Panamagate verdict being against Sharifs

TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN: Going by the history books, it is unlikely that the Panama verdict will be against the Sharif family, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday.

Bilawal, while addressing the media in Tando Muhammad Khan, said, If we look at history, we are not very hopeful that the judgment will be against the Sharifs, but were watching.

He added that the PPP will announce its strategy in the parliament once a verdict is announced in the Panama case. “We are waiting for the verdict,” he said.

Dismissing rumours about Irfanullah Marwat joining the PPP, Bilawal said the decision had not been taken yet and they had just held a single meeting. However, the PPP is a democratic party and is open to anyone who wants to join them, he maintained.

The Supreme Court on Thursday completed hearing the Panama Leaks case and reserved its verdict, which it maintained will be announced at a later date.

A five-member bench led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that it will review all angles of the case in detail and then announce a verdict. “It will not be short-judgement but a long-judgement,” the bench maintained.

The Panama case changed the political landscape of the country, which was torn between two groups; the first comprising of all of the political opposition including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the second belonging to supporters of the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).—Business Recorder