Panamagate verdict: SC criticizes Nawaz for not being fair
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued a 23-page detailed verdict on the review petitions filed against the July 28 Panama Papers verdict which resulted in Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification.
The detailed verdict says that the petitions failed to point out any serious discrepancies or mistakes in the Panama Papers verdict. The directions to compete the trial within six months are to ensure the case is wrapped up in time and does not affect the trial court’s decision, the detailed judgement says.
In its detailed verdict the apex court observed that no error has been identified in the Panama case, which could be reviewed and the accountability court is free to make a decision on the basis of nature of evidence, the verdict read.
The 23-page verdict says that Nawaz even tried to fool the court without realising that you can fool all the people for some of the time, some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
“The facts about disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister were uncontroversial,” the apex court observed in its verdict, maintaining that it could not be said the decision surprised Nawaz Sharif.
The apex court, in its verdict, also addressed the appointment of a Supreme Court judge to monitor the trial. The directions to finish the trial in six months are not meant for influencing the trial court, but for early completion of the trial.
The review petitions against the July 28 Panama Papers judgement filed by the Sharif family and Ishaq Dar had already been dismissed by the apex court via a short order in September.
The PML-N had expressed disappointment at the dismissal of the review petitions and feared that Sharif family will not get a fair trial in accountability court if a SC monitoring judge oversees the trial proceedings.