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The children of Prime Minister submitted their replies before Supreme Court today [Monday] in the case of Panama Papers.      

Submitting replies on their behalf, Counsel Salman Butt said Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz are not public office holders.    

Presenting the reply of Maryam Nawaz, the counsel said that her client is not dependant of the prime minister.

Denying the allegations leveled in the petitions as contrary to facts and figures, Maryam Nawaz said she is not the beneficiary owner of Nielsen and Nescom companies but only the trustee.    

Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz also rejected the allegations leveled in the petitions. They said they are not dependant of the prime minister and that they are non- resident Pakistanis and conducting business outside the country over the last many years.   

The apex court directed all the parties to place on record all the documents on the next hearing on 15th of this month in support of their case as no other opportunity will be given in this regard.

The bench said that it will go through the documents before the constitution of the commission.

In his remarks, Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali said every step and order of the court will be fully in accordance with law and the constitution.

He said the prime minister has presented himself for accountability. He said the court will not give any message of discrimination or pick and choose in the case.

The Chief Justice also urged the media to demonstrate responsibility and avoid comments in the case that are not in the interest of the country. 

The Supreme Court today also issued notices to PTI Chief Imran Khan and Secretary General of PTI Jehangir Khan Tareen with direction to submit their replies on petitions submitted against them pertaining to allegations of ownership of offshore companies.

The court, however rejected the plea of petitioner Hanif Abbasi's counsel asking the apex court to club his petitions alongwith those being heard by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court in connection with the Panama Papers leaks on the grounds of similar nature of allegations.


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