In a recent development, the supreme court of Pakistan has issued notices to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Capt (R) Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, director general Federal Investigation Agency, chairman Federal Board of Revenue, and the attorney general with reference to the Panama papers. The court has set a date for two weeks later; it is left to the imagination that is it a coincidence that the date falls on Nov. 3, just one day after the announced date of the PTI-lead-sit in that aims to block the capital city and federal procedures or is it just another stalling tactic adopted by the government.
Prior to this, election commission of Pakistan had accepted the reference against the PTI chairman, Imran Khan and a party leader Jahangir Tareen and summoned them to appear before the commission on Nov. 2 which happened to fall on the same day as the day of the sit-in. But as the two leaders were allowed to represent themselves through counsels the PTI chairman would not have any difficulty appearing before the workers that he had called upon. This recent development of the highest court of law accepting the long submitted petitions regarding Panama papers, raises some eyebrows. the question is that has the government and the ruling party finally decided to submit to the demands of accountability or is PMLN just trying to stall.
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There is another question about how PTI takes this notice; so far the chairman PTI has welcomed the decision of the supreme court of making the highest office of the country accountable to the court of law and people of the country but will this be enough for PTI leadership to call off the dharna or delay it to wait and see what results this hearing brings. The chairman PTI has been heard talking about Panama papers more often than not, so much so that recently he has called upon the PTI workers to not let the government bury the issue and to keep the public memory of Panama fresh.
A three-judge apex court bench took up petitions in the case today, seeking disqualification of the prime minister as leader of the government. The judges who presided the session were Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.
Apart from PTI, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party have also filed petitions in the same case.
While appreciating the step taken by the highest court of the country, the chairman of PTI did not forget further asserting the need and importance of the accountability and the role of the judicial system. He said that justice delayed is justice denied so the court of law shall give special attention to this case.