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Posted at: Jul 18, 2017, 1:59 AM; last updated: Jul 18, 2017, 1:59 AM (IST)PANAMAGATE

Pak SC starts hearing to decide future of Nawaz

PM fights for his job as he contests graft charges

Sharif’s legal team rejects probe panel’s report

  • Embattled Sharif’s legal team dismissed as illegal and biased a probe panel’s final report that recommended filing of a graft case against him and his children as the Supreme Court resumed the hearing of the Panamagate
  • Khawja Harris on behalf of Sharif filed a response to the JIT report, rejecting its findings and accusing it of bias. “The report is not only against the law but also the constitution of the country and its finding are, therefore, of not legal value,” he said
  • He also objected to the documents obtained from the foreign countries, which he said was against laws of the country. He asked the court to provide the volume 10 of the report which was kept confidential on JIT’s request
Pak SC starts hearing to decide future of Nawaz
Lawyers shout ‘go Nawaz go’ after leaving the Supreme Court proceedings on corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family, in Islamabad. Reuters

Islamabad, July 17

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday began hearings that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is fighting for his job as he contests the damning conclusions of a corruption investigation into his family’s wealth.

The Supreme Court could put Sharif on trial on corruption charges or disqualify him from office, but few expect the judges to dismiss the case after an investigation team submitted a 254-page report into his family wealth last week. Sharif has denied any wrongdoing.

The investigators alleged his family’s wealth was beyond its means, and accused his children, including his daughter Maryam, of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of posh London flats.

Speaking outside the Supreme Court, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said Sharif’s family lawyers had challenged the legality of the investigators’ findings, including allegations falsified evidence was submitted.

“The JIT has gone beyond the mandate it was assigned,” she said, referring to the Joint Investigation Team, made up of finance and law enforcement officials including military intelligence officers.

“The language the JIT has used shows its malafide.” Sharif’s troubles have shone a spotlight on two issues that have bedevilled Pakistan since its creation in 1947 — corruption and the struggle for power between civilian politicians and the powerful military. — PTI

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