The Pakistan Supreme Court today dismissed the review petitions filed by deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar against the Panama Papers judgement of July 28. The court had reserved its verdict on the review petitions after the lawyers for all petitioners completed their arguments earlier in the day.
A five-judge SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had taken up the petitions seeking review of the court’s judgement which disqualified Nawaz Sharif and ordered the filing of corruption references against Sharif, his children – Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar.
With the rejection of the review petitions, Sharif’s disqualification as a member of the parliament remains valid. The Sharif family and Dar will now face corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau in the accountability court. The apex court today also disposed of an application filed by Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid against NAB, accusing the latter of failing to file an appeal regarding the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case in accordance with the SC verdict.