Lahore: Today marks the most important day in the history of Pakistan. As the Supreme Court of Pakistan is going to announce its final verdict over Panama issue, legal experts believe that there are less chances of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification.
Supreme Court Bar Association President Rasheed A Rizvi said that “I don’t think the Supreme Court can directly disqualify the prime minister by declaring that he is not Sadiq and Ameen (honest and righteous)”.
As the majority of people in Pakistan are expecting PM’s disqualification, Rizvi expressed concern over the hype among the masses. On the other hand, some experts opine that if SC forms a commission for further probe, PM Nawaz may be asked to step down from his position till completion of the inquiry.
Senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan expressed his fear by stating that it is very difficult to give a judgement against the Sharif family. Meanwhile, PTI lawyer Chaudhry Faisal Hussain allegedly stated that the Sharif family had hidden facts from the top court and PM gave misstatements regarding the ownership of London properties. Mr. Chaudhry said that PM should be disqualified over concealing facts from the court.
As Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is to announce the much-awaited Panama judgement, all eyes are on him, says lawyer Mahmood Awan. Justice Khosa is considered as a top jurist of the country. Senior jurists believe that Khosa’s verdict will be unique. He, in the past, had authored a bold verdict by maintaining death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri for murdering Punjab governor Salman Taseer. He has also disqualified his class fellow and former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani in 2012.
Seeing Khosa’s record, we can expect that he is going to make another historical announcement. Panama case is corruption issue, so final verdict of this case has to do a lot with the future of Pakistanis and Pakistan as well. Fingers crossed.