Pakistan Supreme Court Dismisses Nawaz Sharif's Review Plea, Upholds His Dismissal

Pakistan Supreme Court Dismisses Nawaz Sharif's Review Plea, Upholds His Dismissal

█ Court summons Nawaz Sharif in more graft cases Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children were on Thursday summoned by an antigraft court to appear before it on September 19 in two more graft cases.

The court had reserved its verdict on the review petitions after the lawyers for all petitioners completed their arguments earlier in the day.

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, heading a five-member bench hearing the review petitions against the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28, said: "This is not the first case against the Sharifs, as, in the past, cases were filed against the Sharif family and the courts provided then relief".

"The Supreme Court can not disqualify a member of National Assembly under Article 62 (1) (f) on the basis of mere omission", he said, adding it was the first case wherein the apex court had disqualified any parliamentarian.

It was the third time the 67-year-old veteran politician's term as premier had been cut short.

But Fawad Chaudhry, a senior official of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, called the verdict a "victory of good governance in Pakistan". "Truth & Justice have prevailed!"

The rejection of the review petitions continues Sharif's disqualification as a member of the parliament.

The top court disqualified Sharif in July for failing to declare unclaimed wages earned as an executive of his son's company in the assets statement he filed along with his nomination papers for the 2013 general election. The apex court also upheld Sharif's dismissal, as reported by a Pakistani daily.

The assets, which include four expensive apartments in Central London, were purchased through money which was allegedly laundered from Pakistan.

Sharif has been replaced by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is considering an option to review the judicial system of country where a common man how can get justice if a prime minister is unable for it.

He said that the court should have asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to hold investigation as per law, adding the judge who announced the decision was made supervisor.

The JIT, however, had admitted in its report that it had failed to "unearth the sources of funds and persons behind the underlying transactions, but it has been severely constrained due to the information that is being withheld from the JIT by the respondents". The court will issue a detailed verdict later. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.

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