Ahead of Supreme Court (SC) hearings on the Panamagate case, scheduled to resume Wednesday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday shared documents alleging Maryam Nawaz to be the sole beneficial owner of two off-shore companies at the centre of the case.
The PTI shared the documents during a press conference in Islamabad headed by party chairman Imran Khan and other senior leaders.
During the press conference, the PTI chairman said: “It’s not the responsibility of a political party to submit evidence. Instead, the state institutions are responsible for bringing evidence to the court.”
Imran also accused Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf of lying to the parliament and Supreme Court, and thus being liable to be punished for perjury.
PTI general secretary Jehangir Tareen led the party’s presentation of ‘evidence’ it has gathered on the case, with focus on an alleged exchange of emails between Mossack Fonseca and Minerva Trust & Corporate Services Ltd.
The emails, allegedly published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of the Panama leaks, appear to show Maryam Nawaz as the independent owner of both off-shore companies at the centre of the Panamagate scandal in Pakistan.
Imran said that after seeing these documents, no one should argue that PTI never submits concrete evidence to substantiate their claims.
He also hoped that, in light of these documents, the SC would conclude the Panama case within the next two weeks.
In response to PTI’s press conference, PML-N leaders, including Daniyal Aziz, Mohammad Zubair and Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha, held a press conference at the Press Information Department.
They criticized PTI for holding a press conference ahead of the SC hearing, terming it an attempt to ‘influence the courts’.
Zubair Khan said PML-N has full confidence in the judges hearing the Panama case, and, unlike Imran, will not malign the judiciary.
The federal minister added that they would also urge the SC to omit Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Panama case, since he was not named in the Panama leaks.
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