Hasan Nisar’s Analysis On Panamagate Verdict

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There is no winner or loser in the Panama Papers case judgment, says a former chief justice of Pakistan, who also thinks that the ruling PML-N has no justification to distribute sweets at a time when the Supreme Court has “not” spared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

In an interview to The Nation yesterday, Sheikh Riaz Ahmed said the argument carries a lot of weight that the Joint Investigation Team to be constituted in line with the Supreme Court’s order would not be able to work independently with Mr Sharif holding the office of the prime minister. But at the same time he thinks that the seasoned judges of the country’s top court would be able to assess whether the JIT had shown partiality in its investigation report.

About the justification for the lawyers’ organisations demand for the prime minister to step down following the April 20 SC judgment, the ex-CJP said: “This is politicking. It is unfortunate that even the bars are not sticking to the law (while making such a demand). Had the prime minister’s resignation been necessary, the court would have passed such an order.”

Asked whether the prime minister should step down on moral grounds after disqualification remarks given by the two senior judges of the five-member bench, Sheikh Riaz Ahmed said: “He (the PM) knows better than me. Had the resignation been binding, he would have come out (of office). But it’s not binding.”

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