Pakistan

LAHORE – Prime Minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Thursday celebrated the split judgment of Supreme Court on the highly anticipated Panama Papers case on social media.

Tweeting pictures of herself standing with her father Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and her uncle Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz wrote: “Mubarik ! Wazir-e-Azam Nawaz Sharif ….. Alhamdolillahi Rab-al-Aalameen”.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former Information minister Pervaiz Rasheed and PM’s Special Assistant Irfan Siddiqui are also seen in the picture celebrating the judgement.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued an order for the formation of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Sharif family’s involvement in corruption as stated in the Panama leaks.

A five-judge bench, comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, had examined arguments presented by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), the Watan Party and the All Pakistan Muslim League, who framed the case out of court as a campaign against corruption.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa announced the final verdict in the case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family at Courtroom 1 at the apex court.

The final verdict is split 3-2 among the bench, with two dissenting notes in the judgement by Justice Khosa and Justice Gulzar. Two judges ruled against PM Nawaz Sharif, whereas the other three were in favour of forming a JIT.

Justice Khosa asserted that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had been unsuccessful in playing their role effectively.

The JIT will include officials from NAB, FIA, State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, the bench said, and will be led by a director-general level FIA officer.