Panama Leaks Case: PM seeks indirect Immunity under Article-248

Five-member larger bench of Supreme Court led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed the hearing of Panama Leaks Case today. In today’s hearing PM’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan continued with his arguments before the bench whereas Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought indirect immunity under Article-248. Meanwhile, PM Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has also submitted her reply in the court today and assured that she was never dependant to her father Nawaz Sharif after her marriage.

Makhdoom Ali Khan said that they are asking for a constitutional immunity under Article-248 besides Article-66. He explained while making arguments that Article-248 grants immunity to the prime minister’s office, not to PM as an individual. He supported his arguments through Chaudhary Zahoor Elahi’s case by saying that former Prime Minister and founder of Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto also sought immunity in a case.

Justice Khosa said that in Chaudhary Zahoor Elahi’s case, the Prime Minister never delivered a speech in the National Assembly. PM’s counsel continued that Article-19 allows everyone to exercise his or her right of freedom of speech. To this, Justice Khosa told Makhdoom Ali Khan said and told PM’s counsel that Article-19 gives you freedom of speech, but here he is not seeking that right, he is seeking the immunity. The hearing of the case will resume tomorrow.

PMLN Leaders continue to defend PM and bash Imran Khan

PMLN Leaders Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Maryam Aurangzeb, Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhary, one-after-the-other, slammed Imran Khan, furiously defended PM Sharif and insisted that PM has not sought any immunity for himself.

Talking to media outside the Supreme Court, PMLN leader and Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Nawaz Sharif will remain as Prime Minister even after 2018. In a direct attack at Imran Khan he said that he changes colours “faster than a chameleon”. He also suggested PTI Chief to learn how the truth is spoken.

State Minister for Information Maryam Aurangzeb said that the PM had not at all asked for immunity and Imran Khan should apologize for constantly misleading the nation. Talal Chaudhary was of the view point that the former captain is so stubborn that inspite of repeatedly losing the series against Prime Minister, he is yet not retiring.

Daniyal Aziz said that Imran Khan hurls allegations but he does not have any evidence to present in the court. Imran Khan has already submitted an apology in the foreign funding case in the ECP, very soon he will submit an apology in the SC as well, he claimed.

PM Nawaz Sharif lied in the Parliament: Imran Khan

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan alleged that the Prime Minister has lied to the nation on the floor of the parliament and now he is asking for immunity in the Supreme Court. He asked that what would be the position of Parliament if the Prime Minister himself lies on its floor. He further added that PM will must be held accountable in the Supreme Court.

He said that the Prime Minister had read from a written text in the parliament, he had not spoken on his own, therefore his speech could not be ignored during the proceedings of the Panama Leaks Case. Imran Khan said that initially Nawaz Sharif said all of his family worked together and now he is saying they are all separate entities.

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