ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court?s special implementation bench will begin hearing the Panama Papers case shortly.
This will be the fourth consecutive hearing of the bench following the submission of the Joint Investigation Team?s (JIT) final probe report into the Sharif family?s businesses.
The three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan has heard the arguments of the petitioners over the JIT report and is now hearing replies of the respondents.
Prior to the start of proceedings on Thursday, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, one of the petitioners in the case, said all those saying there are no cases against them will be out of office before his August 13 rally in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.
?Forget the 2018 election fight, all the politics will be decided in 2017,? said Rashid. The nation stands with the Supreme Court and the JIT, he said, adding that had Nawaz Sharif resigned a year ago he would have saved his seniors and children from being stuck where they are today.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq, addressing the media, said he wants a decision in favour of the people. ?The court is unsatisfied with the arguments being presented by the government,? he claimed. The JI chief said he hopes corruption will be eliminated from the country following the Supreme Court?s judgment in the case.
On Wednesday, the prime minister?s lawyer, Khawaja Harris, completed his arguments before the bench.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar?s counsel, Dr Tariq Hassan, will continue his arguments from Wednesday whereas the lawyer for the prime minister?s children, Salman Akram Raja, is also expected to initiate his arguments today.