Justice Asif Saeed Khosa began announcing the final verdict in the case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family at Courtroom 1 at the apex court.
The final verdict is split 3-2 among the bench, DawnNews reported, with two dissenting notes in the judgement by Justice Khosa and Justice Gulzar. The two judges ruled against PM Nawaz Sharif, whereas the other three were in favour of forming a JIT.
Justice Ejaz authored the 540-page verdict, according to TV reports.
Justice Khosa asserted that the Federal Investigation Agency and National Accountability Bureau were unsuccessful in playing their role effectively.
The JIT is to include officials NAB, FIA, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence, the bench said, and will be led by a director-general level FIA officer.
A special bench will examine the case under Section 184/3 of the Constitution.
A letter from a Qatari royal submitted to court as evidence by Sharif’s lawyers was dismissed by the bench.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, retired Capt Muhammad Safdar (the PM’s son-in-law) and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar are the respondents in the case.
The petitioners had touted the revelations brought forth in the Panama Papers, published by the International Consortium of Journalists on April 3, 2016, as ‘evidence’ that the premier had lied to the nation in an address to Parliament where he ‘explained’ his position following the leaks.