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    Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    Panama case: PM advised not to step down & move SC before next hearing

    Legal experts have advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to move the Supreme Court before the next hearing of the Panama Papers leaks case.
    The premier was also advised neither tender resignation nor dissolve assemblies.
    Sources said that the prime minister had been advised to move the Supreme Court against the JIT report before July 17.
    In this connection, the prime minister directed his legal team to be prepared to move the apex court before the next hearing to be held on July 17.
    The prime minister stated this while chairing a consultative meeting held at the PM House to mull government's response in the Supreme Court over the JIT report.
    The PM’s legal team would present its point of view to reject the JIT report on July 17 in the apex court.
    Khawaja Haris and other members of legal team would defend the prime minister and his family in the apex court, the meeting said.
    The meeting also decided to chalk out a strategy to give an effective response to political rivals.
    Top legal brains of the party, federal ministers, Attorney General and other advisers attended the meeting.
    The prime minister was briefed on various legal aspects of the final report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that was presented to the SC on Monday.
    The six-member JIT submitted its final report to the three-member implementation bench on the Panama verdict, suggesting filing of a reference against the premier and his children. The findings also confirmed Maryam Nawaz Sharif as the real and beneficial owner of the BVI Companies namely Nielsen Enterprises Limited and Nescol Limited and owner of Avenfield properties in 2012 and before.
    It was revealed that the financial structure and health of companies in Pakistan having linkage to the respondents also do not substantiate the wealth declared by the respondents and there exists a significant disparity between the wealth declared by the respondent and the means though which the respondent had generated income from known/declared sources.
    Despite calls from the opposition parties for prime minister's resignation, the PML-N rejected the report and vowed to contest it before the apex court to fulfill the requirements of justice, and expose its contradictions and biased findings.
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