Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court today resumed the hearing of high-profile Panamagate graft case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. Strict security measures are in place in and around the Supreme Court.
Around 700 policemen, along with Rangers personnel and officials of the local administration, have been deployed for the hearing. The six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the apex court to investigate charges of money laundering against Sharif, submitted its report to the court.
It recommended filing of a corruption case against Shariff and his children after finding significant disparities in their income and actual wealth.
Major opposition political parties have asked Sharif to step down and stay away from power until his name was cleared. However, Sharif has rejected JIT findings and refused to resign by saying that he was not charged of any specific crime.
Last year, the Panama Papers revealed that three of Prime Minister Sharif’s children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family’s wealth statement. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London.