ISLAMABAD: A five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing on the Panama Leaks case on Tuesday.
In its remarks the Supreme Court said that the apex court could not investigate and then give judgement like a trial court. “We have taken oath to uphold the constitution. We are not a trial court,” it remarked. Disqualifying the Prime Minister over mere assumption will set a dangerous precedent, the Supreme Court added in its remarks.
Justice Khosa apologised for the remark he made on Monday in which he had said to the PTI’s lead counsel Naeem Bokhari, ‘If we start disqualifying people under this pretext, no one will be spared, not even your clients.’
The judge had been referring to the PTI’s call for disqualification of holders of public office on the basis of statements which are contradictory in nature under Articles 62 and 63.
PTI’s lawyer Naeem Bokhari presented in court an investigative report from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Rehman Malik.
The court reminded Bokhari that the Panamagate case is restricted to the London flats. Justice Aijaz Afzal advised PTI counsel Naeem Bokhari to approach NAB to reopen the Hudaibiyah Paper Mills case. He added that the SC could direct NAB to investigate cases, but it is not in the apex court’s jurisdiction to ask the NAB to investigate references.
‘We will only hear the case within the limits of Article 184/3,’ Justice Aijaz said. Article 184 pertains to the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
Justice Azmat Saeed asked Bokhari if any other court in the world has given a ruling based on the Panama Papers to which the PTI’s lead counsel responded saying that the SC should take the first step and set an example.
Sharif family’s lawyer told the court that Lahore High Court had disposed of Federal Investigation Agency’s FIR over which, Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsan said that the bench cannot give verdict on dismissed FIA’s report.
The Jamaat-e-Islami filed a petition seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appearance in the apex court to clear his position regarding his family’s alleged offshore assets.
During proceeding, Jamaat-e-Islami council Tauseef Asif Advocate filed a petition stating that all fingers are being pointed at the PM and his family; hence he is the only person who can tell the truth and justify his position.
The hearing was adjourned till Wednesday (today). INP/News Desk