Review Petitions Filed by Nawaz and His Children to be Heard by the SC
Review petitions, filed by the disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children regarding the Panama Case will be heard by the Supreme Court (SC), by a three-member bench of the apex court. The bench is to be headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal and will include honorable Justices, Azmat Saeed and Ijazul Ahsan.
It was decided by the SC on 28th July 2017 to disqualify the Prime Minister of Pakistan on account of him being dishonest. This dishonesty stemmed from the PM’s inability to state in his nomination papers of the 2013 General Election (a requirement of the Section 12(2)(f) of the Representation of the People Act (ROPA) 1976) his position as Chair of the Board of Dubai-based company Capital FZE owned by his son Hassan Nawaz, and his salary of 10,000 dirhams as a result of the position he had acquired in the company.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was also ordered to open references against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and members of the Sharif family. Hence the review petitions also include those filed by the former on August 15th and August 26th, 2017.
In his petition, Dar opposed the Court’s decision of filing a reference against him by stating that such cannot be filed based on a “spurious joint investigation team report”. However, the Sharif children, in their petitions pleaded the SC to reverse its directive to NAB to file corruption references against them regarding the Avenfield properties in London and different offshore companies.