Monday, 24 July 2017

Powers of Supreme Court in Panama Case

The most famous case on Pakistani media these days in Panama case. The reason is that there are various petitions filed against the sitting PM of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family members because of their alleged role in money laundering and ancillary matters as there names were mentioned in Panama Papers in 2016 regarding their ownerships of several offshore companies ..

Supreme Court of Pakistan has vast powers under the provisions of Article 184(3) of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to take suo moto action on any matter of public interest. Panama Case is undoubtedly one such matter of public importance.

Supreme Court of Pakistan is not a trial court but it has more powers then all the trial courts of Pakistan. It has recently exercised its powers of criminal investigation against the involved persons through a Joint Investigation Team. It has powers to accept the findings of JIT which so investigated the case or it can reject it. Similarly it can partially accept or reject the JIT report.

Supreme Court of Pakistan can itself allege the PM and his family members for the offenses of perjury and forgery both and criminal trials on the same can be ordered in the Trial Courts. Similarly the Supreme Court can convict the PM on the bases of JIT report and can remove him from office forthwith.

Salman Yousaf Khan (Golra)
Constitutional Lawyer

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