Pak SC to announce Panama verdict on April 20

Pak SC to announce Panama verdict on April 20

Pak SC to announce Panama verdict on April 20

"The nation is expecting some sort of judgement which will change the course of history in Pakistan", senior Supreme Court lawyer S.M. Zafar told AFP, though he said it was hard to predict the verdict.

Political analyst Rasul Buksh Rais said: "It's going to be (a) historic decision that will push Pakistan into electoral mood in either case", adding that he did not expect a disqualification verdict. The judges come out in the open, if they want to discuss it.

'The court will decide the case only after considering the material submitted in the court and will announce its verdict in accordance with the law and Constitution, ' Justice Khosa said earlier this year.

Sharif came to power for a third term following his right-wing Pakistan Muslim League Party's landslide victory in the 2013 elections.

The prime minister advised his party workers that anyone who has nothing to do with the the case should not go to the apex court building. The party leadership held meetings on Wednesday to chalk out strategy. Other candidates are also being considered, PML-N officials said.

In 2014, Khan led a months-long protest that paralysed the government quarter in the capital, Islamabad, after rejecting Sharif's decisive election win a year earlier. The bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and Justice M M Shantanagoudar, asked the ASG to inform about the decision and posted the matter for hearing in July.

The veteran PPP leader said that apparently the Panama papers trial revolved around the premier and his family.

People in Pakistan, with Imran Khan at the helm, had been asking for an inquiry to determine how Sharif's children made all that money to buy offshore companies and real estate in London's prime locations, and whether they had paid their due tax on their income.

The documents released by Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in April a year ago pointed fingers at 140 politicians worldwide, among them 11 current and former national leaders, claiming they worked with Mossack Fonseca to establish shadow companies for global transactions and money laundering.

Lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma had filed a plea in the apex court seeking a thorough investigation into the case.

At the outset, the ASG said investigation into the names leaked by a website was not simple and multiple agencies were probing and trying to ascertain the details.

The petition had alleged that Panama papers included the names of almost 500 Indians, including celebrities and industrialists, who have allegedly parked funds in offshore accounts in transactions brokered by the law firm.

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