Orders JIT to probe money trail
Order Says CJP would be requested to constitute a Special Bench to ensure implementation of judgment
Justice Asif Khosa says it is the majority verdict of three to two judges
Court says Chairman of NAB had failed to carry out his duties
Court says DG FIA failed to stop and investigate the white collar crimes
ISLAMABAD, April 20 (SABAH): Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected PTI’s plea to disqualify Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case and directed establishment of a Joint Investigation Team to probe the matter.
The five member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, announced its reserved judgment in the case in Islamabad on Thursday.
The court ordered constitution of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising members from Federal Investigation Agency, National Accountability Bureau, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, State Bank of Pakistan, ISI and Military Intelligence.
The heads of these departments and institutions would recommend the names of their nominees for the JIT within seven days from Thursday. These will be placed before the judges in chambers for nomination and approval.
The JIT shall investigate the case, collect evidence, if any against respondents. The respondents are required to appear and associate themselves with the JIT as and when required.
The JIT may also examine the relevant evidence and material, if any, already available with the FIA and NAB. The JIT would submit its periodical reports every two weeks before a bench of the court constituted in this behalf.
It shall complete the investigation and submit its final report before the said Bench within sixty days from the date of its constitution. The bench may pass apporpriate orders if justified on the basis of the material thus brought on the record before it.
The order said Chief Justice of Pakistan would be requested to constitute a Special Bench to ensure implementation of Thursday’s judgment. Head of the bench said it is the majority verdict of three to two judges.
The verdict comprises 540 pages and includes dissenting notes of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmad. The judgment has been written by Justice Aijaz Afzal Khan. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa appreciated all parties to the case for displaying patience during hearing of the case.
Justice Khosa said the Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had failed to carry out his duties. The court in its judgment said DG FIA failed to stop and investigate the white collar crimes.
Two dissenting judges on the five-member bench were of the opinion that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not been honest to the nation and that he should have been disqualified.
Justice Asif Khosa has recommended disqualifying the prime minister. Justice Khosa said prime minister is no more “Sadiq and Amen”. Justice Khosa said the explanation of prime minister is not acceptable.
It is worth mentioning here that the five-member bench led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had reserved its verdict in the case on February 23.