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Panamagate: SC orders JIT to investigate Sharif's family involvement

20 April, 2017 9:25 AM
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NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order for the formation of Joint Investigation Team to probe PM Nawaz Sharif family's involvement in corruption as stated in the Panama leaks, according to TV reports.

The Supreme Court had announced yesterday that its five-member bench will issue the verdict in Panama case.

The case was launched on November 3 and the court held 35 hearings before concluding the proceedings on February 23.

The case was based on several identical petitions by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and others about alleged illegal assets of the family of Sharif in London.

The assets surfaced when Panama papers showed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharif's children.

The petitioners have asked the court to disqualify 67-year-old Sharif under Article 62 and 63 of the constitution because he was involved in corruption and was no more "honest" and "truthful" as given in the Constitution.

It is generally believed the court may not disqualify the Prime Minister but it may pass comments which will bring a lot of moral pressure on Sharif to step down.

Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of PPP, in an interview with a private TV channel asked Sharif to resign in case the decision was against him.

Sharif's nemesis Imran Khan and his party announced to launch movement for next election irrespective of the outcome of the decision.

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