SC says PTI documents have no relation to Panama Leaks case


ISLAMABAD: A larger bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali resumed hearing of the Panama Leaks case on Tuesday.

During proceedings, Justice Azmat Saeed said documents submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had no relation with the case. “The documents also include newspaper clippings. The petitioner himself has buried the truth,” Justice Azmat remarked.

The court maintained that one side had submitted 700 pages while the other had submitted 1600 pages. “We are not a computer that we scan the documents in a minute,” Justice Azmat Saeed said.

“Why are you wasting the court’s time with tales from the Arabian Nights? Can we announce death sentence over a newspaper story which says Allah Ditta killed Allah Rakha?” he asked PTI’s lawyer Hamid Khan.

The apex court maintained that it will not investigate corruption. “If someone has done corruption the lower courts can take care of it.”

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali also expressed displeasure over the documents submitted by PTI which consisted of 686 pages.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that he wanted to keep focus on the London flat. He said that the parties had submitted too many documents in the court. “We wanted to give the verdict in two or three days. But we have received too many documents.”

He added that it was difficult to differentiate between real and fake documents. “In this situation we might not be able to give a verdict in six months.

The hearing was adjourned till November 17.

Advocate Akram Sheikh representing the prime minister’s children said that in January 1972 the six units owned by the Prime Minister were taken control of by the government. Of them six units were in West Pakistan while one was in East Pakistan. He said that the prime minister went to Dubai and without any investment from Pakistan formed a steel mill. “The capital came from Sheikh Rashid Al-Maktoum. 75 percent shares of the company went to Al-Hali group. In 1980 the Prime Minister sold 20 percent shares.”

Akram Sheikh maintained that no money went out from Pakistan.

The court remarked that his statement was different from what the Prime Minister had given in the parliament. Justice Khosa said that the prime minister had said that he sold a mill in Dubai to build a mill in Azizya.

To this Sheikh said that he was representing the prime minister’s children and not the prime minister. “You can ask this question from Salman Butt.”

He said that he is also submitting an additional statement by Maryam Nawaz for the use of court which include documents by Prince of Qatar Hammad bin Jasim.

To this the court said that the issue was sensitive as it implied that she got a gift from the Prince of Qatar.

Prime Minister submits documents in SC

Documents submitted by the Prime Minister in the Supreme Court includes a trust deed which says that Maryam Nawaz is the trustee of the offshore companies while Hussain Nawaz is a beneficiary.

Harvard Kennedy Law firm has declared that this trust deed is valid.

The trust deed is acceptable in all courts in the United Kingdom.

The deed was signed in February 2, 2006, according to documents submitted in the SC.

If Hussain Nawaz dies, Maryam Nawaz will distribute the accounts after paying off debts to Hussain Nawaz’s children. In case Maryam dies, her shares will be transferred to Hussain Nawaz who can ask an independent party to perform the role of a trustee.

Today documents from Qatar arrived, tomorrow link to Modi will be established: Rasheed

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed said that documents from Qatar were being presented in the court today. “Tomorrow we will be able to establish link to Modi.”

He said that whatever was happening on the borders was because of the Panama Leaks case.

Seven Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom at Line of Control on Monday.

It is our right to change lawyers: Abid Sher Ali

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Abid Sher Ali said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was raising hue and cry without any evidence. “We have submitted all of our documents in the Supreme Court.”

He added that it was right to change their lawyer.

PML-N changed their lawyer from Salman Butt to Akram Sheikh.