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Panama Leaks case hearing postpone till tomorrow


ISLAMABAD, JAN 16, (DNA) – A five-member bench led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing the Panama Leaks case hearing on Monday.

PM’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan during his arguments referred to past rulings of the Supreme Court. He discussed at length the disqualification of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Counsel for Jamat-e-Islami (JI) asked copies of all the court rulings. The JI also submitted a petition against the Prime Minister where the National Assembly speaker, cabinet and federation have been made party.

During the proceedings, the PTI leadership was seen dozing off in the courtroom, which was warmer when compared to the biting cold outside. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s counsel Naeem Bukhari slept through out the hearing , Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Shireen Mazari were dozing on and off, while PTI chief Imran Khan looked visibly tired,

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Daniyal Aziz explained that the PM’s counsel referred to cases for article 62 and 63 during the proceedings. “Even PTI accepts that the prime minister has not been named in the Panama Leaks.”

He added that after Makhdoom Ali Khan presents his argument, a lawyer for the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz will present evidence.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the evidence the Prime Minister’s counsel is presenting has no link to the case. “He is simply trying to say that the SC should stop hearing the Panama Leaks case.”

In the last proceedings on Friday, Makhdoom Ali Khan argued that in order to disqualify the Prime Minister a judicial declaration is needed. He said that the section in Article 62 about “Sadiq and Ameen (truthful and trustworthy)” gave a clean slate to frame anyone.

“The Supreme Court in the Ishaq Khakwani case had declared Article 62 of the constitution a nightmare,” he argued.=DNA


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