Panama Papers case: Sharif family submits details of tax payments, assets to SC

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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and his children on Tuesday have submitted details of assets in Supreme Court (SC) over Panamagate case.

A 397-page document includes comprehensive information about Sharifs’ land, factories and tax payments.

Sources told Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz have replaced their lawyer Salman Aslam Butt with senior advocate Akram Sheikh.

On the other hand, a five-member larger bench of SC, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, will resume the hearing of Panama Leaks case today in which counsel of PM Nawaz’s children will submit further record.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan submitted to SC evidence relating to the Panama Papers case against PM Nawaz Sharif. The additional documents contained details regarding different bank accounts and waiver of loans.

The bench said that it will go through the documents before the formation of the commission.

On November 3, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif defended himself before the Supreme Court, claiming that he does not own any shell companies or property through offshore holdings. However, he did not address the offshore links of his children.

Submitting replies on their behalf on November 7, Counsel Salman Butt said Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz are not public office holders. The counsel said that Maryam Nawaz is not dependant of the prime minister.

The PMLN-led government and opposition parties have been locked in dispute about the response to the Panama Papers since April.

The Supreme Court decided to appoint a one-person commission to investigate the Panama Papers case and hinted at setting its own terms of reference for the probe, after political wrangling stalled the process in the country’s parliament.

The commission will be led by a sitting Supreme Court judge and will have the full powers of the court at its disposal to investigate the scandal that has dogged the Sharif family since April.

2016-11-15

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