Supreme Court has passed its judgement – Nawaz Sharif under fire once again

Supreme Court has passed its judgement – Nawaz Sharif under fire once again

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan released the detailed judgment on the Panama Papers review case, stating that members of the bench could not be persuaded to review the decision. 

The judgment in the Panama Papers case relating to Nawaz Sharif’s petitions against the disqualification decision consisted of 23 pages.

Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faced accountability court early today for a case relating to National Accountability Bureau references against him, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar.

Leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz [PML-N] Marriyum Aurangzeb, Talal Chaudhry and Tariq Fatemi are also present at the court.

Yesterday, the accountability court reserved its judgement on this case to club corruption references and the judgement will be announced today. The NAB prosecutor has opposed clubbing of the three references against the Sharif family.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan had penned the detailed judgment of the Panamagate review case which also contained an additional note from Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

“No clarifications were given in response to my individual decision,” said Justice Khosa.

The additional note stated that no observations were raised on his observation regarding the Panama Papers decision.

“Members of the bench were not convinced to review the decision in the Panama Papers case,” said Justice Khosa.

In the judgement, the bench noted that the undeclared salary did not relate to the future but was an amount that had been received in the past.

“We held in the paragraph reproduced above that the unwithdrawn salary of the petitioner is an asset. Petitioner’s entitlement to salary stems from a written employment contract. Salary in this case, it may be noted, is not salary of the future which was yet to accrue,” read a paragraph from the judgment.

“It was salary of the past six and a half years which had already accrued and accumulated. There is nothing in oral or written form, from July 2006 to January 2013 as could stop the accrual and accumulation of salary or prevent it from becoming an asset.”

In its detailed judgment the Supreme Court of Pakistan also said that Nawaz Sharif had not been forthright regarding his assets or their disclosures. The judgment stated that the former premier did not realise that ‘you cannot fool all the people all the time’.

“He never came forth with the whole truth. He tried to fool the people inside and outside the Parliament,” read the judgment. “He even tried to fool the Court without realizing that you can fool all the people for some of the time, some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time”.

 

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