Brief History of Panama Scandal:
The Panama Papers(A shameful and disgraceful situation) outrage unwound to the world with stun and shock and Pakistan was no special case particularly when its ruling elite class were found to have reserved their riches and wealth offshore. The leaked papers, containing 11.5 million records from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposed how some of the world’s most powerful people have transferred and stored their money offshore, and also involved (in crime) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.
It was a big & surprising news for the government on April 4, 2016 when a report released by the International Group of Investigative Professional writers (ICIJ) revealed the whole scenario. This caused countrywide debate that whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should stay in office as a Prime Minister after very surprising statements to people concerning stored (in a hidden way) wealth of his family. The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued notices(written statements) to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the parties concerned on October 2016.
Panama Case Investigation by Supreme Court of Pakistan & JIT:
The Supreme Court’s full bench announced its first order in the case on April 20 2017 and ordered (creation of an investigation group) named Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to further probe charges of (related to managing money) improper behavior against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.
As the six-member JIT submitted its final report before SC on July 10 2017, a three member bench containing/making up Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan then heard the case for five days during which counsels of the petitioners and respondents presented their arguments on different parts of the JIT report.
Panama Final Verdict:
After the JIT submitted their final report to the Supreme Court, the judges needed some while for the final verdict of the case. In the mean while there arouse many disturbing situations from the party involved in Panama Scandal like the JIT report is biased, no authentic documents are used in the report. There is also alot of pressure from the majority of the people of Pakistan on SC to announce the Final Verdict so now it is announced on July 28 2017 that the Final verdict of Panama Case will be announced at 11:30 AM on July 28, Friday, by a five-member larger bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.
What will be & should be the Final Verdict of the Panama case according to your thoughts?
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have resigned till now or not?