Panama case was a farce: Maryam Nawaz

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): Daughter of former prime minister and PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz on Monday termed the Panama Papers case, which led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, as a game which is “now an open secret”.

Maryam also termed the case against Nawaz as a farce and stated that no corruption was alleged, and if corrupt practices were involved, the decision would not have been based on an iqama.

In another tweet, the former first daughter said starting an election campaign before time will cost more.

In an apparent reference to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, she further said PTI is not doing all the rallies on their own accord and are carrying “out the orders given to them”.

Criticism of the PTI by PML-N leaders has increased after the recent ruling in Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen disqualification case.

The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen but ruled in favour of chairperson Imran Khan in its judgment on the disqualification case against the two party leaders.

The three-member bench had reserved the verdict in the disqualification petition against the two PTI leaders on November 14.

The chief justice ruled that Imran is not disqualified as a parliamentarian as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case.

The court also ruled that the ECP will impartially investigate the foreign funding claims against the PTI chief by scrutinising accounts up till five years ago.

The judgment states that Imran wasn’t bound to declare his offshore company, declared his London flat in an amnesty scheme and that his former wife Jemima gave Imran the funds for buying the Bani Gala estate.

However, the apex court disqualified Tareen under Article 62(1)(f) because of his blatant misstatement regarding the ownership of the Hyde House property and failure to declare it in his nomination papers.

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