SC resumes hearing on Panamagate JIT’s report today

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ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) today resumed hearing of Panamagate case in light of the findings of Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) mandated by the apex court to investigate financial assests of Sharif family.
Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Hassan are proceeding with Panamagate case with hearings over JIT’s report.
On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has challenged the probe team’s report. Sources have reported that legal team of the Sharif family has filed a petition in the apex court today, challenging the report of the JIT praying to the court that objections of the ruling family should also be considered.
Meanwhile, as per the orders of the Supreme Court, office of the Attorney General has filed in the SC scripts of speeches delivered by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Talal Chaudhry and Asif Kirmani.
According to media reports, Red Zone in the federal capital has been sealed and entry of people with no relevance to the case would be denied.
Security has been beefed up as a large number of police personnel, officials of the Anti-Terrorism Squad and Rangers officials have been deployed around the SC.
SC had adjourned the hearing earlier on July 10 and report of the JIT was made public.
In light of the JIT report, opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People s Party (PPP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Awami Muslim League (AML) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) have demanded of the premier to tender resignation over the corruption scandal.
Panama Papers had published a leak of documents belonging to Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in April 2016. The leak was studied by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and had named around 400 both incumbent and former leaders around the world who owned offshore companies.

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