Supreme Court to announce Panama case verdict today

Supereme court of Pakistan will announce its verdict in Panamagate scandal today on April 20, Thursday at, 2:00pm. The supplementary cause list released by the Supreme Court of Pakistan brought the speculations to an end about anxiously awaited decision on the case.

The judgement will be announced by a five-member larger bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, in the Courtroom No. 1 at 2pm.

According to DAWN, observes feel that the decision may run into hundreds of pages but no one is certain whether it will be a unanimous judgement, with most practitioners saying it’s very difficult to guess what dimension of the case the bench will consider.

The bench had reserved its ruling on Feb 23, following marathon hearings into the Panama Papers scandal, with the observation that their judgement would remain relevant and valid for at least 20 years.

Essentially, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq and Awami Muslim League head Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had petitioned the Supreme Court to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for making alleged mis-statements in his speech in the National Assembly on May 16 and in his address to the nation on April 5 last year, regarding investments made by his children in offshore companies that led to the purchase of four upscale flats in London.

Soon after the Supreme court of Pakistan announced the verdict day, all major political parties held meetings regarding the strategy to be followed after the Panama case decision was announced.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing  the party meeting, said that he was not waiting for any decision. He is doing his work as people have voted him for work.

The central leadership of the PTI met under party chief Imran Khan and discussed the party’s course of action following the Panama case verdict. According to sources, the party has decided to go to the public irrespective of what the verdict is. The leadership of the party has also recommended holding a rally at the Parade Ground in Islamabad.

Asif Ali Zardari was of the the view that they don’t have high expectations from the decision and would make grand opposition alliance.

Muhammad Irfan

The writer is assistant editor at Lahore Dispatch. He writes on Technology, education and Sports. You can find him on Google+

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