ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan is taking up petitions in the Panama Papers leaks case on Thursday, seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as leader of the government and his family members.
On behalf of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Hamid Khan and Naeem Bukhari would be present in front of a three-judge Supreme Court bench today.
Apart from PTI, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party have also filed petitions in the same case.
Panamagate and protest
The PTI has announced to stage a protest sit-in in the federal capital on November 2 after a party core committee meeting on Monday this week agreed on a consensus to change the date of its protest.
Earlier, PTI’s siege was planned for October 30 but then the party decided to change the date.
Imran Khan has warned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the centre of stern consequences if the government tried to stop PTI’s peaceful protest by any means.
He has urged people from across the country to come out of their homes and support PTI in its drive against corruption in the country.
The Chairman PTI has already clarified that this time, the siege of the federal capital would continue until the resignation of the premier.
For years, Khan had been leading an Accountability Movement in the country against the governing PML-N. Initially, Imran Khan demanded a probe into the health of the elections 2013, which his party thinks were rigged.
Later names of several Pakistanis including Nawaz Sharif’s children Maryam, Hussain, and Hasan surfaced in one of the world’s biggest ever data leaks through an online searchable database made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in April 2016, following which the prime minister had formed an inquiry commission to probe his family’s alleged links to offshore accounts.
Unfortunately, the federal government and the opposition could not agree on drafting joint terms of reference (ToR) for the, which would probe Panama Papers Leaks.
However, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) failed to conduct investigations into the case.
The Chairman PTI later announced to go for a street agitation, demanding Nawaz Sharif to step down as the premier of Pakistan.