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Sharif family files petition to review Supreme Court‘s Panamagate verdict


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Islamabad: The family of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court‘s July 28 verdict, which disqualified him from holding any office. On behalf of Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar, lawyer Salman Akram Raja filed the review petition on Friday, The Express Tribune has reported.

The five-member bench of the top court had disqualified Sharif from holding any public office for failing to declare a salary which he had not withdrawn as an executive director of a Dubai-based company as an asset when filing his nomination papers in 2013. The court had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file references against the former PM and his children in an accountability court. The court had also ordered that one of the members the bench would also oversee proceedings of the court.

The petitioners have said the final order of the court is ‘coram non judice’ as the five-member bench did not have jurisdiction in the matter and so claimed that the court’s court’s directions to NAB are violative of the principle of trichotomy of powers. The Saudi Arabian government has also expressed its willingness to share information requested by the Joint Investigations Team (JIT) regarding Sharif family’s offshore assets.

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An official of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior told a JIT member about his government’s willingness to share the requested information, The Express Tribune has reported. The Saudi government is likely to respond to a mutual legal assistance (MLA) request by JIT, which had contacted six countries for mutual legal assistance during its 60-day probe into the financial affairs of the Sharif family. On July 28 Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down from his post after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.