Nawaz challenges SC verdict, files 3 review petitions

Nawaz Sharif has filed three separate appeals in the Supreme Court (SC) to review the disqualification verdict in Panama case.

The five-member judge bench of the SC disqualified Nawaz Sharif and ordered starting investigations into corruption cases against the former prime minister.

In his appeal, Nawaz has argued that the July 28 verdict must have been given by the three-member bench since Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed’s jurisdiction had expired after their dissenting judgment which came on April 20.

“By signing the the final order of the court” on July 28, Justice Ahmed and Justice Khosa “have actually passed two judgments in the same case, which is unprecedented in judicial history,” the appeal says.

Earlier, Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi said that Nawaz Sharif will file a plea for review of the decision. Nawaz has right to defend himself in front of the full bench to seek reversal of the earlier decision of disqualification.

“Though Nawaz Sharif had been disqualified in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision, people from different areas of Pakistan do not accept this decision and are against this verdict. It is the responsibility of the apex court to consider this review petition as a special one,” he added.

Justifying the Iqama of Nawaz Sharif, Abbasi said the former premier had obtained the visa when he was in exile and was not the PM of Pakistan at that time.

The PM said the Dubai government had issued millions of resident visas during a specific period of time and there is no law present in Pakistan which is against acquiring such facility.