Panama case: We will not remain silent spectators, observes SC

Panama case: We will not remain silent spectators, observes SC

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ISLAMABAD: We will not remain silent spectators. We have said before that we do not care if the sky falls or earth crumbles, said Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan on Monday while hearing the Panama case implementation bench.

There are severe accusations against the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman, he observed further.

The special bench of the Supreme Court is holding proceedings over the government’s response to the Panama case Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) charges that its probe is being impeded by certain official quarters.

During the hearing, Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf Ali read in court the JIT’s charges, as well as the government’s response to them.

Earlier today, as the bench began hearing into the case, members of the JIT were not present in court. The bench then asked Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf Ali if proceedings should be postponed till 1pm today, to which the AG replied in the affirmative.

Proceedings of the three-member bench could not be held on Thursday as the JIT members could not show up in court owing to the premier’s questioning by them on the same day. The case was then adjourned till Monday (today).

The bench is headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and includes Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh.

At the hearing on Wednesday, the court had reserved its decision on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz’s, petition challenging the recording of the JIT proceedings and had also directed the attorney general (AG) to submit his response to the JIT’s report on ‘impediments’ faced by it.

The AG, on Friday, submitted the government’s response to the JIT’s charges in the Supreme Court.

In it, all the government agencies, departments and ministry, including the Prime Minister House, have rejected charges of pressuring witnesses and delaying the high-profile probe.

Also on Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif appeared before the JIT to become the fourth member of the Sharif family summoned for the probe.

Following the session, the Punjab chief minister said that every penny earned by his family is accounted for, adding that all assets owned by the family are part of the family’s private wealth and have nothing to do with public funds.-Web Desk

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