Panama hearing PM’s children submit replies In compliance with the Supreme Court (SC) order, the written replies of Maryam, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were submitted before a five-member bench of the apex court on Monday.
The apex court had last week ordered the Sharif family’s counsel Salman Aslam Butt to submit the replies of the remaining respondents: Maryam, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz before 9:30am on Monday (today) as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and retired Capt Mohammad Safdar, son-in-law of Mr Sharif, had already submitted their replies.
During the least hearing, the top court asked all parties to present proposals on how to regulate its proceedings, so that it could pass a binding order on Monday regarding the appointment of a one-man commission, to be headed by a judge of the SC.
The court also asked all parties to present proposals on how to regulate its proceedings, so that it could pass a binding order on Monday regarding the appointment of a one-man commission, to be headed by a judge of the Supreme Court. The court also directed the parties to submit their respective terms of reference (ToR) positively by Thursday. But the bench reiterated that it would not be bound by the ToR submitted by any party.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally denied being the beneficial owner of any offshore entity.
In a 15-page reply, the prime minister asked the court to dismiss the petitions, claiming that he was not the owner or legal beneficiary of any offshore properties or any other entities, including the four flats in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London.
Similarly, his name had never appeared in the Panama Papers, nor have any accusations been made against him in the leaks, the rejoinder said. It added that he was the regular tax payer who filed tax returns as well as a wealth statement. The entire income, assets and liabilities of the prime minister were duly declared in the tax returns and wealth tax statements.
The entire income, assets and liabilities of the prime minister as well as his spouse were duly declared in the nomination forms for the 2013 general elections as well as the statement of assets and liabilities filed with ECP.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and retired Capt Mohammad Safdar also submitted their replies, asking that the petitions be dismissed.