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The Supreme Court has rejected PTI's plea to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case and directed constitution of a Joint Investigation Team to probe the matter.  Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the head of the five-member Bench of the apex court , announced the judgement in the case in Islamabad on Thursday afternoon.     The court ordered formation of a Joint Investigation Team comprising members from Federal Investigation Agency, National Accountability Bureau, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, State Bank of Pakistan, ISI and Military Intelligence. The heads of these departments and institutions will recommend the names of their nominees for the JIT within seven days from today. These will be placed before the judges in chambers for nomination and approval.       It may also examine the relevant evidence and material, if any, already available with the FIA and NAB. The team will submit its periodical reports every two weeks before a new bench of the court to be constituted in this regard. It shall complete the investigation and submit its final report before the said bench within sixty days from the date of its constitution.

Analysts live on Phone: 

Baligh ur Rehman: (Minister of State for Education)

Today is very important and historic for the continuity of democracy in Pakistan. The court has given an independent decision today. The majority of the judges have ruled in favor of the Prime Minister. The country will further prosper under the leadership of the Prime Minster. 

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed: (Leader, PML-N)

This was our stance from the beginning that we will accept decision of the honorable court . On continuous demands of the court , opposition failed to present any evidence. We are thankful to the Almighty Allah for this historic judgment.

Saira Afzal Tarar: (Minister of State for National Health Services)

All of us accept this decision with patience. The decision has endorsed the stance of the Prime Minister and our government. The JIT will deeply look into this matter. The people of Pakistan are happy with the decision of the Supreme Court . The Prime Minster will work on developmental projects and energy projects with more enthusiasm and passion.

Sheikh Rohail Asghar: (Leader, PML-N)

A long ago, the Prime Minister presented himself for investigation. His name was not mentioned in Panama papers anywhere. The judges of Supreme Court have given independent decision . The court has ordered to establish a Joint Investigation Team to further probe into matter.

Lt. Gen. Ret. Abdul Qayyum: (Senator, PML-N)

The entire nation will certainly accept any decision in Panama case. The courts are independent in Pakistan. The country is making progress and new industries are being established in Pakistan. The media is creating unnecessary hype in this case. As a nation, we should work for the betterment of this country.

 Maj. Retd. Tahir Iqbal: (Leader, PML-N)

We will accept any decision given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The opposition should also accept the decision and strengthen the institutions in Pakistan. Whatever the decision is, we want betterment of the country.

Maiza Hameed: (Leader, PML-N)

The elected Prime Minister of Pakistan has successfully proved his innocence. This is a great victory for PML-N. The people of Pakistan have rejected politics of blaming others. Imran Khan has continuously insulted every institution including office of the Prime Minister. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, an elected Prime Minister has presented himself for accountability. The only underlying agenda of Imran Khan was to derail the system in Pakistan. The Supreme Court has categorically said that Prime Minister and his family is innocent.

Sheikh Muhammad Akram: (Leader PML-N)

The name of the Prime Minister was not included in Panama Papers. He has given clean chit, which a appreciable. There was no pressure on Supreme Court . The Supreme Court has given a just and judicious decision based on merits of the case.

Pir Sabir Shah: (Leader, PML-N)

There is no doubt that Supreme Court has given a historic decision today. Without a proper investigation, no one can be considered guilty. This decision will have long lasting impacts. The Prime Minister has emerged as victorious in the case.

Ch. Jafer Iqbal: (Leader, PML-N)

All the decisions in Supreme Court are given on majority basis. The majority of the judges have given a clean chit to the worthy Prime Minister. The petitions of PTI, JI and Sheikh Rasheed have been dismissed. According to the judgment of the honorable court , Prime Minister is Sadiq and Ameen. The decision is in favor of democracy , justice and rules and regulations of honorable court

Ch. Muhammad Bashir Virk :(Leader, PML-N)

I believe that Pakistan is making progress under the leadership of the Prime Minister. The opposition forces wanted to derail democracy in Pakistan.

Isfanyar Bhindhara: (Leader, PML-N)

The decision given by the Supreme Court is historic and will have far reaching impacts. This is victory of democracy and people of Pakistan as a whole. The Prime Minister of Pakistan will work of development and prosperity of the country with more passion.

Mian Abdul Manan: (Leader, PML-N)

The Prime Minister presented himself for the investigation in Panama case. Although, his name was not mentioned in the Panama papers but he decided to go into the court of law. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has given him a clean chit now. All opposition forces should accept this decision now.

Muhammad Pervez Malik: (Leader, PML-N)

I congratulate the people of Pakistan for this historic judgment given by the honorable Supreme Court . All the opposition forces should accept this decision now. We believe in politics of development and prosperity of the country. The court was independent in making the decision in Panama Case.

Barrister Danyial Chaudhry: (Leader, PML-N)

The decision made by the Supreme Court is victory of PML-N and its supporters. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has emerged as more strong and true representative of people of this country. The honorable court has said that all allegations made against the Prime Minister were false, frivolous and ungrounded.  

Chaudhary Asad-ur-Rehman: (Leader, PML-N)

Hopefully, the decision will be positive for the Prime Minister and his government. There is a clear message that people of Pakistan like the Prime Minister and have confidence in him. We pray for the continuity of democracy in Pakistan.

Arifa Khalid (Leader, PML-N)

We should respect the dignity and sanctity of our institutions. The decision given by the Supreme Court must be accepted by all of us. We believe in development and positive policies for our country. It is right of the opposition to make constructive criticism.

Asia Naz Tanoli (Leader, PML-N)

I congratulate the entire nation over decision made by the Supreme Court . The opposition has failed to do constructive politics in the parliament. Also, it has failed to present any evidence in the court . The country is making progress under the leadership of the Prime Minister. The decision given today is historic in nature.


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