Panama Paper Case Updates
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had not sought immunity
in Panama papers case, spokesperson to the Prime Minister Dr Mussadiq Malik
said here on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference along with member of National Assembly PML-N
Daniyal Aziz, he said it was stated in the media that the prime minister sought
immunity under article 248 of the constitution which was not true.
No petition was filed in the Supreme Court to seek any kind of immunity, he added.
He said the legal team of the prime minister also did not raise the issue of maintainability of case.
He said according to law, a person who levels allegations also brings evidence,
except in the law of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
He also categorically stated that there was not misstatement or contradiction in
the statements of the prime minister.
Dr Musadiq said according to article 66 of the constitution, members of parliament had privileges.
Freedom of speech in the parliament
The article 66 states that there shall be freedom of speech in the parliament and
no member shall be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything
said or any vote given by him in the parliament.
He said the members of parliament were given this protection against powers of the
king. Imran Khan, Sirajul Haq and Khurshid Shah were enjoying the same privilege, he added.
He said parliamentary system should not be weakened for someone’s greed for power
or for taking revenge.
Dr Musadiq said the constitution and laws granted protections to citizens of Pakistan
and the country could not be turned into a banana republic for the sake of a person’s personal wishes.
He also criticized those who were saying that the government was seeking protection
of law. He also said it was everybody’s right to seek protection of law and the criticism
against government was unjustified, adding PMLN would take aid of the law.
Furthermore, Dr Musadiq said Imran Khan wanted the accused should be hanged first and then
investigation should be conducted.
Daniyal Aziz further said that Sharif family lawyers had produced the money trail including a
bank guarantee document of United Bank of Switzerland.
The documents also showed the funds available to the members of Sharif family, he added.
He also said that the lawyers of Sharif family busted the argument of Naeem Bukhari, counsel
of PTI regarding funds available from sale of Steel Mills in Dubai.
Moreover, he said that record of Ittefaq Foundry was confiscated in a raid during Musharraf era and
some of it was not returned despite court case.
He further said the PTI was asking for record of 37 years and Imran Khan had taken numerous
U-turns during Panama papers case.
Daniyal also said Wealth Tax Act 1963 was repealed in 2003 and under the law, tax returns
of only a few years were kept as record.