Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s lead counsel in the Panamagate case Naeem Bukhari on Wednesday, alleged the chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, had forged his cousin Tariq Shafi’s signatures on documents.
While addressing a five-judge bench, Bukhari said, “I don’t want to say that Shahbaz Sharif forged Tariq Shafi’s signature but there is a difference in the signatures on the affidavit and the contract.”
However, it is not clear what documents the counsel was referring to as he presented his arguments before the bench during the recommencement of Panamagate hearing, today after a break of nearly two weeks.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed, “There is no uniformity in the signatures.”
Previously, the Panamagate case hearing was held on Nov 17 after which the PTI’s lead counsel Hamid Khan bowled himself out of the case. Later, the party chief declared that the PTI legal team would now be led by Naeem Bokhari and Dr Babar Awan.
On the other hand, advocate Salman Aslam Butt will defend Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while Akram Sheikh will represent the PM’s children Maryam, Hussain and Hassan.
Even though, PTI is expected to submit more proofs or documents regarding the case before the hearing commences again, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Tuesday provided a two-page document in the case.
At the last hearing about the case, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed had indicated the presence of suspicious activity after which Sheikh Rashid had gone to the UK with Imran Khan.