Pakistan braces for Supreme Court decision that could remove PM

Pakistan braces for Supreme Court decision that could remove PM

"The Supreme Court's verdict will change the future of Pakistan", said the PTI chairman in January. The judges come out in the open, if they want to discuss it. "Our government and entire leadership are performing their duties as per routine", Talal Chaudhry, a prominent leader of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, told Geo Television.

Meanwhile, Sharif's PML-N is weighing the option of early elections in case of an adverse verdict. PML-N leadership today held meetings to chalk out strategy in the wake of Panama verdict. Other candidates are also being considered, PML-N officials said.

To a question whether the apex court could order premier Nawaz Sharif to step down for a fair trial, Aitzaz maintained that he did not expect decision of such kind.

In 2014, Khan led a months-long protest that paralysed the government quarter in the capital, Islamabad, after rejecting Sharif's decisive election win a year earlier.

The Supreme Court verdict will decide on the disqualification of the PM over his speeches to the nation and on the floor of the National Assembly. The case stems from documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm, which appear to show that Sharif's daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy properties in London.

The case is about alleged illegal money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as Prime Minister to purchase assets in London. It hopes that the apex court would disqualify Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister, send home Ishaq Dar and Captain (rtd) Safdar, and pass damaging strictures against Maryam Nawaz.

The apex court was hearing the petition seeking a detailed court monitored investigation against the Indian offshore account holders and stock market regulators, whose names had been exposed in the Panama papers leak case.

"We should complete our tenure no matter what the decision is".

At the outset, the ASG said investigation into the names leaked by a website was not simple and multiple agencies were probing and trying to ascertain the details.

Mr. Narasimha, while opposing separate investigation, said the probe into these cases were not like normal crime incidents as it involved various aspects, like treaties with foreign countries and agreement for disclosures.

The petition had alleged that Panama papers included the names of almost 500 Indians, including celebrities and industrialists, who have allegedly parked funds in offshore accounts in transactions brokered by the law firm.

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