“The Panama Papers verdict was based on hiding of facts, not on the intent to give false statements,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked on Wednesday while hearing a petition against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen.
In July, the apex court had disqualified the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif for failing to declare his iqama and a salary he had received from his son’s Dubai-based company.
“We are looking to see if those who hold public office, who govern the country, have engaged in corrupt practices or used their office for their own benefit,” said the chief justice while presiding over a three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Atta Bandial. “We do not want the sword of disqualification hanging over our parliamentarians.”
The petition filed by PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeks the disqualification of Tareen and PTI