In a 3-2 split verdict that had two dissenting notes, the Supreme Court in Pakistan has ordered further probe into the Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The court has ordered the setting up of a joint investigation team which has to submit its report in 60 days. Sharif and family have been ordered to appear before the probe team when it is formed.
As it happened.
Apr 20, 2017 3:34 pm (IST)
The five bench criticised the NAB Chairman who failed to carry out his duty. It said that he was unwilling to perform his duties
The court also said DG Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) failed to probe white collar crimes
Apr 20, 2017 3:32 pm (IST)
The five-judge bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued the landmark judgement 57 days after concluding the hearing
Apr 20, 2017 3:20 pm (IST)
The Supreme Court also ordered Sharif and his two sons – Hasan and Hussain - to appear before the JIT
Apr 20, 2017 3:14 pm (IST)
Maryam Nawaz tweeted pictures of celebration after SC verdict
Apr 20, 2017 3:04 pm (IST)
PML-N chairman Raja Zafar-ul-Haq: PM Sharif will not step down pending this inquiry. There is nothing incriminating against the PM and the JIT will not find anything against him. PM Sharif had suggested that he is willing to be probed by a committee.
Apr 20, 2017 3:02 pm (IST)
Letter from Qatari royal submitted to court as evidence by Sharif's lawyers was dismissed by the bench, Dawn Reported
Apr 20, 2017 3:00 pm (IST)
After Supreme Court's verdict Maryam Nawaz tweeted:
Apr 20, 2017 2:56 pm (IST)
“We are ready for any investigation. We are thankful to the SC,” said Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan Defence Minister
Apr 20, 2017 2:54 pm (IST)
Three judges said further investigation needed; 2 judges said PM Nawaz Sharif should be disqualified, reports Pak Media
Apr 20, 2017 2:53 pm (IST)
Sources close to Nawaz Sharif said, “Court's order is victory of Nawaz Sharif. Nothing found against him. No reason for him to resign”.
Apr 20, 2017 2:52 pm (IST)
Supreme Court orders to finalise the names for JIT in seven days to investigate in Panama Case
Apr 20, 2017 2:47 pm (IST)
Additional director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency to lead Joint Investigation Team (JIT)
Apr 20, 2017 2:47 pm (IST)
Crowds gathering outside Constitution Avenue, Islamabad, outside the Supreme Court
Apr 20, 2017 2:46 pm (IST)
Nawaz Sharif will be produced before Joint Investigation Team (JIT), JIT to submit its report within 60 days
Apr 20, 2017 2:43 pm (IST)
Pakistan Supreme Court orders joint probe team to investigate charges
Apr 20, 2017 2:40 pm (IST)
Maryam Nawaz tweeted this photo of her family before the Panama verdict
Apr 20, 2017 2:36 pm (IST)
Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa started reading out the verdict. Panama case judgement is of at least 540 pages
Apr 20, 2017 2:35 pm (IST)
Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa of Pakistan Supreme Court is heading the bench
Apr 20, 2017 2:31 pm (IST)
Verdict to be announced from Room Number 1 of Pakistan's Supreme Court
Apr 20, 2017 2:27 pm (IST)
“After the ruling, corruption will come to an end. I foresee a new Pakistan,” Imran Khan tells Samaa TV
Apr 20, 2017 2:22 pm (IST)
PTI, PML-N leaders gather at Supreme Court before the verdict
Apr 20, 2017 2:12 pm (IST)
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan reached Supreme Court, he is the main petitioner in the Panama case involving alleged illegal money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as Prime Minister to purchase assets in London.
Apr 20, 2017 1:27 pm (IST)
3 April, 2016 - Eight offshore firms were reported to have links with the family of Pak PM Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif: ICIJ probe
ICIJ leaked secret documents of Mossack Fonseca, a financial law firm in Panama
20 October, 2016 - Pak SC five-member bench, led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, started the hearing
23 February, 2017 - Pak SC five-member concluded the hearing
Apr 20, 2017 1:06 pm (IST)
How much is Nawaz Sharif worth?
- Pak PM Nawaz Sharif personal worth is over Rs1.2 billion, an increase of over Rs1 billion in five years
- The Sharif’s took bank loans worth $s9 million to buy the properties between 1993 and 1996
Apr 20, 2017 12:02 pm (IST)
In a series of tweets Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, dispelled the impression that the premier was worried about the judgement.
Apr 20, 2017 11:38 am (IST)
Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, one of the petitioners, said that the decision would be "historic".
"It will result in a political earthquake in the country," he said in Rawalpindi.
Apr 20, 2017 10:59 am (IST)
It is generally believed the court may not disqualify the Prime Minister but it may pass comments which will bring a lot of moral pressure on Sharif to step down.
Apr 20, 2017 10:42 am (IST)
The case was launched on November 3 and the court held 35 hearings before concluding the proceedings on February 23.
Apr 20, 2017 10:35 am (IST)
The ruling PML-N, meanwhile, is weighing the option of early election in case of an adverse verdict by the Supreme Court. The party held meetings on Wednesday to chalk out its strategy.
Apr 20, 2017 10:20 am (IST)
Tweeting on the eve of the verdict, Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif said: