ISLAMABAD: A larger bench of the Supreme Court, resuming hearings on the Panamagate case on Wednesday, decided that hearings on the case would take place on a daily basis.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is heading the five-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.
The apex court in its remarks said that it wanted to understand how money was invested into Sharif children’s businesses. It asked how did funds transfer took place from Qatar to London and which positions (government offices) has Nawaz Sharif occuped till now.
The apex court asked the defense lawyer to tell exact date regarding Nawaz Sharif’s appointment as the minister of finance, his selection as Punjab chief minister, appointment as the prime minister and date of his exile.
The bench hinted at tracing any misuse of public office by Nawaz Sharif.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa stated that the prime minister had claimed in his speech that in 1972 the then government had nationalised the Ittefaq Foundry without giving (his family) a single penny, but where did he get money from to invest in Dubai steel mill.
During the proceedings, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that the hearing will be conducted on a daily basis. During the case proceeding, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that there won’t be any delay in Panama case and nothing will go unheard. He asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawyer Naeem Bukhari to plead the case in the court and not in the media.
Justice Khosa observed that an attested letter from a former Qatari prime minister, presented in the apex court in November, states that the London flats were owned by the Al Thani family before the Sharif family bought them. He added that no record had been presented in court to show that the Al Thani family used to own the flats.
The judge ordered the PTI counsel to establish the source of funding for the Park Lane flats. He observed that three different money trails had been presented in the apex court in regard to the purchase of the flats.
The first viewpoint suggests that the funds were transferred from Qatar to Dubai, where as the second suggests it was transferred from Dubai to Jeddah. A third view point suggests funds were sourced from Qatar to London. He implored the counsel to establish a single money trail.
The Qatari letter states that the Park Lane flats in London were purchased by Mian Sharif, PM Nawaz’s father in 1980. The document adds that they were bought from the sale of the Dubai Steel Mills.
Earlier, on Tuesday, a day before the Panamagate case hearing resumed, PM Nawaz, his children and son-in-law changed their lawyers.