Panamagate Case: SC adjourns hearing till Monday

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has adjourned the hearing of Panama Case till Monday due the deteriorating health condition of Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, Aaj News reported. 

A five member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is hearing the case on daily basis but today the court adjourned the case without any proceedings as one of the members of the bench Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh was admitted to Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology after developing chest pain last night.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the blockage in one of the arteries of Justice Azmat has been removed without any stenting. He said that Justice Azmat is recovering but he will remain under observation of doctors for three or four days.  Therefore hearing of the case is tentatively adjourned till Monday next.

In last hearing on Tuesday, the top court inquired about London flats.

The counsel for Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Salman Akram Raja, continued his arguments before the apex court. Raja informed the court that Hussain Nawaz was the beneficial owner of the London flats. Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were residing in the flats during 1993 while they were studying in London. The Sharif family children were maintaining residence at the flats by paying rent and that the property was purchased in 2006. He added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had no connection with the London flats.

During the hearing, Justice Khosa observed, “We can presume that Mian Sharif invested 12 million Dirhams in Qatari family’s real estate business and it is possible they acquired London flats using that money.”

The Sharif family counsel expressed inability to name the owner of two offshore companies, Neilson and Nescoll, which acquired London flats in 1993.