Nawaz objects to three-member SC bench

ISLAMABAD – A day after the Supreme Court constituted a three-member bench to take up review petitions of the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar against the July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case, senior lawyer Khawaja Haris on Saturday filed an application on behalf of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, raising an objection to the hearing of his client’s review petitions by three judges instead of five.

He contended that a bench of lesser strength cannot ‘upset or pre-empt’ the decision of a larger bench of the apex court. “The decision given by the three judges was endorsed, adopted, owned and pronounced by the five-judge bench. Therefore, now the five-judge bench should consider the review petitions,” Haris said in the application.

On August 26, he filed a second review petition on behalf of the former prime minister ‘as a matter of abundant caution’ that the five-member bench did not

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