Panama Papers leak: Pakistan SC orders corruption probe against PM Sharif

News Agencies | First published: 1 November 2016, 17:08 IST

Pakistan Supreme Court, on 1 November, said that a commission to probe the Panama Papers leaks would be decided after getting assurances from both the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that they agree to the idea, after which the hearing was adjourned.

The apex court is hearing the Panama Gate case seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his close family members for their alleged investment in offshore companies.

The case was heard by a five-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Hassan, reports the Dawn.

The petitions have been moved by advocate Tariq Asad, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, PTI chief Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League head Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

Chief Justice Jamali in his remarks said that the case will be heard on a daily basis.

Both the government and the PTI have been directed by the top court to submit their comments after consulting with their respective leaderships on the formation of a commission and suspended the hearing for two hours.

The apex court further said that it will decide as to who would chair the commission and who its members will be.