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Supreme Court advises PTI to reopen Hudaibiya Paper Mill Case

Islamabad: During the hearing of Panama case, Naeem Bokhari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI’s) counsel, was advised by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, to file a reference with chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry to reopen Hudaibiya Paper Mill case.

Five-members bench of the apex court headed by Justice Khosa is hearing Panama Scandal, during which Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said, “We can call the chairman of NAB and ask him why he did not fulfill his responsibilities”. He was referring to the case submitted by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar during which he alleged that Sharif brothers had uses the Hudaibiya Mills  to cover money laundering, to pay-off the loans of their companies. In 2014, application of reopening of the case was rejected by accountability court.

Justice Khosa also reprimanded Naeem Bokhari to move the focus of the case away from London flats to Hudaibiya Paper Mill. Apex committee said that Sharif family did not join the investigation properly and justified their assets because of clearance from NAB.

Justice Khosa said, “First you talked about London Flats in the case. Now, you have moved towards the confessional statement of Ishaq Dar.”

Justice Ejaz ul Hassan pointed out to the counsel that agreements fail to clear if Maryam Nawaz is dependent of her father or not.

Naeem Bokhari told the court that when London flats were purchased during 1993 to 1996, Maryam was underage and had no source of income. To add, Bokhari claimed the same confusion with regards to Jeddah and Dubai mills.

Khosa said, “PTI has failed to proof its allegations and have to provide evidences. It is party’s responsibility to to show how the companies were bought, who made those and where the money came from.”

Naeem Bokhari was also told that under Article 184 Supreme Court can only hear a NAB reference case or Panama Case at a time. Bokhari was advised by Justice Khosa that it is his responsibility to make the cases separate or prove that they are heard simultaneously. Justice Izhar ul Hasan advised that if the cases were taken up together, the Panama Case will become vague.