Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Panama Case: Justice Khosa-led larger bench to hear review petitions

Panama Case: Justice Khosa-led larger bench to hear review petitions

Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear review petition submitted by Sharif family and Ishaq Dar against the Panamagate verdict, which had declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified for not being honest, today (Tuesday).

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said his party is closely observing the proceedings in relation to the review petitions filed by the Sharif family.

Justice Azmat Saeed said the Supreme Court's larger bench on July 28 first read out the decision of the three judges and then of all the five members.

Sharif's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hassan, and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, moved an application in the apex court on Monday urging that their review pleas be heard by a five-member bench, instead of the three-member bench, and that the hearing be delayed till the formation of the five-member bench.

On August 25, Nawaz's children and son-in-law also challenged the apex court's July 28 verdict.

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The petition stated that the legal proposition as to whether the five-member bench had the jurisdiction to pass the final order of the court dated July 28 in light of grounds taken in the review petition No. 308/2017, falls for determination and can only be adjudicated by the five-member bench, which actually passed the said order and not by a three-member bench.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, comprising justices Gulzar Ahmed, Ejaz Afzal, Azmat Saeed and Ijazul Ahsan will hear the review petitions on Wednesday.

According to Geo News, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the two judges who had dissented in court's April decision only signed the final decision on July 28 and did not make any addition.

Khawaja Harris said that the two judges, who suggested to disqualify Nawaz Sharif, were in minority and the court accepted verdict of majority.

Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog, filed four corruption cases against members of the Sharif family last week.

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