SC likely to make volume 10 of JIT report public in Panamacase

The bench observed that action is taken in accordance with the relevant law if the assets of a public office holder are more than his known income sources

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SC likely to make volume 10 of JIT report public in Panamacase

SC likely to make volume 10 of JIT report public in Panamacase: The Supreme Court’s Panama case implementation bench on Friday began its proceedings around 9:30am in what is its fifth consecutive hearing following the submission of the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) final probe report into the Sharif family’s businesses.

On Thursday, the three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard arguments from the counsel of the prime minister’s children, Salman Akram Raja.

The counsel continued his arguments today.

Raja informed the bench that there are several law firms in London that operate on Saturdays, to which the bench agreed.

The counsel also clarified before the bench that the firm of his predecessor, Akram Sheikh, may have made a clerical error which led to a confusion of dates regarding ownership of offshore companies by the premier’s children.

“We cannot even think of submitting false documents in court,” claimed Raja.

During the hearing, the bench also directed the production of volume 10 of the JIT report, with Justice Azmat observing that they want to keep everything transparent.

The bench asked the prime minister’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, to examine specific sections of the volume.

Volume 10 of the report was kept confidential at the time the JIT report submitted its final report. The JIT had asked the Supreme Court not to make the volume public as it contained material related to ongoing international cooperation in the investigation against the Sharif family.

Raja informed the bench that the prime minister’s children are responsible for their own businesses, saying their grandfather aided them financially till 2004.

Addressing Raja, Justice Azmat observed, “you did well today”.

Presenting his arguments, Raja claimed that the Qatari prince was not given the option of recording his statement via video link.

During the hearing, Justice Ejaz remarked that they will swim against the tide, within the remits of the law, if they have to.

The bench observed that action is taken in accordance with the relevant law if the assets of a public office holder are more than his known income sources.

Justice Ijaz commented that the prime minister, in his speech in the National Assembly and before the nation, said he has all the necessary proof but they are waiting for this proof for over a year.

The judge observed further that Capt (retd) Safdar’s assets declaration does not mention Maryam’s beneficial ownership of offshore companies.

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