There is a five-judge larger bench looking into the Panama leaks case. With
three of the original five justices still part of the bench, the hearings can
now be undertaken more efficiently, however, the newly inducted judges will
need extra time to be familiar with the case
Removal of one judge from the previous team of five is due to his upcoming
retirement in a couple of months. This suggests that Chief Justice is serious
about continuity without disruption.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is heading the bench. The
case is to probe Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children over alleged
investments in offshore companies with no obvious money trails to fund the
accepted the new bench, the PTI looks forward to pressing its case against the Prime
Minister. The regular hearings of the Panama issue will give the opposition a
political advantage, and the Sharif family is likely to be on the defensive for
the most part. It’s up to the honourable bench to reframe the issues and
determine the onus of proof on any party to the case.
there are lessons to be learned from the earlier set of hearings. An overall intense
media scrutiny and informed commentary is good for the democracy, but creating
negative hype is equally dangerous.
Panama leaks revelations briefly
investigation published in the past by an international coalition of more than
100 media outlets ─ based on 11.5 million records and 2.6 terabytes of
information drawn from the internal database of Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca
─ details how politicians, celebrities and other famous people use banks, law
firms and offshore shell companies to hide their assets.
documents available on the ICIJ website, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children
Maryam, Hasan and Hussain were owners or had the right to authorise transactions
for several companies.
The data leak
revealed the financial wheelings and dealings of over 200 Pakistanis, including
the late Benazir Bhutto, Rehman Malik and other prominent politicians and
data leak, PM Nawaz has been under immense pressure at the hands of the
opposition to ensure a transparent inquiry is held to justify the sources of
funding for his children's offshore companies.
It's a test
case for the Supreme Court, and it's now or never for the country. If the
culprits are set free this time, then it's a defeat of 200 million people
allowing the mega corruption to end up as legalized unfortunately.
Mystery: The PM is stuck in a difficult scenario from where getting
out is a real challenge.
lied before the honourable apex court bench or in the National Assembly and getting
out would not be possible without a miracle.
Hopefully a verdict will be delivered by the bench in due
course (sooner the better).
According to general and the expert opinion, if supreme court
convicts Nawaz Sharif and puts him behind bars, it will be a defining moment in
the history of the country. And if he gets clean chit then this country has no
Repercussion of corruption and
everyone has the feeling that country is on the verge of financial insolvency,
however, the government talks about macro-economic stability.
question is, if the revenues collected by the government are insufficient to
service even debt payment obligations, isn’t there some kind goof up at play in
the country’s fiscal and economic policies? The imports are increasing heavily,
while cheating on taxes is common.
Yes, the CPEC is a game changer and is most likely to
upgrade Pakistan economically generating a better image of the country
internationally, yet there are economic fault lines which need be taken care of
through the improvedjustice system based on allowing the
equality to all regardless of class.
Culture of plea bargains like
the recent ones nourishes corruption for the looting mafia. Pakistan is sinking in the corruption of
ruling elite (previous and the current). Karachi stock market showing positive
results but the corrupt elements would help it erode away gradually.
PTI Chairman expressed disappointment over former Chief Justice Zaheer
Jamali’s decision to delay the Panamagate case hearing and proceed on vacation
welcoming the formation of a new bench, he said he wishes the new bench would
wrap up the case as soon as possible.
Nonsense of Javed Hashmi Factor:
Hashmi is doing as advised by federal minister khawaja
Asif. During 2014 sit-in, Justice Nasir ul mulk (person of integrity) was
heading the Judiciary. How can Hashmi malign the honourable justice and General
Raheel Shareef after their retirements? Openly criticizing the honourable apex
judiciary as well as the Pakistan army is highly idiotic, immoral and unconstitutional.
Accusing them of bringing judicial martial law or foji martial law certainly amounts
to maligning the top institutions of the country.
is, whenever there is an issue of national importance involving
the rulers, a new development designed to sideline the main issue happens.
Hashmi’s claim is designed as a strategy to weaken the grilling of the Sharifs:
Message to supporters of corruption: Apex court is constitutionally
powerful, therefore, no anti biotic may work to save the culprits.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children on
Tuesday submitted documents in the Supreme Court (SC) notifying a change of
counsel in the Panamagate case.
is new evidence already submitted but the Supreme Court has to be able to
define the guilt or innocence in a clear manner. Jumping to conclusions is
interference in the ongoing legal battle.
As the apex court is highly responsible to uphold its
integrity, the current larger bench would make the law prevail by giving the
right verdict in the most discussed Panama scandal(a landmark case), where the serving
prime minister and his family are involved. Hopefully, it would change the
destiny of Pakistan.
In other words, an outcomeof
this case is most likely to help the nation in weeding out the white collared
criminals – the most powerful corrupt mafia.
Beyond doubt, a logical ending of the case would confirm that those in
power are not above the law, and the system doesn’t favour the privileged few.