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Ousted PM tried to fool court, people: Judgement
November 09, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: In its 23-page detailed judgment on the Sharif family’s review petitions, the Supreme Court has stated that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to fool it and people, both inside and outside of Parliament, and never came up before it with the whole truth.

The July 28 verdict had disqualified Sharif as prime minister. Authored by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, the detailed judgment said no error had been identified in the July 28 ruling that could be reviewed.

It said the accountability court was free to make a decision on the basis of nature of evidence presented before it.

On Sept.15, a five-member larger bench of Supreme Court, led by Justice Sardar Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, had dismissed the review petitions of Sharif family, seeking reconsideration of the Panama decision.

Sharif even tried to fool the court without realizing you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time,” the new judgment said.

Justifying dismissal of the review pleas, it said that the court could not have shut eyes when an asset of Sharif arising out of Iqama (work permit) having surfaced during the investigation and admitted by him to be his in no uncertain terms, was not found to have been disclosed in his nomination papers for the 2013 general elections in terms of of Representation of People’s Act (ROPA).

The court said that a much higher level of integrity was expected of the holder of the highest elected office “but to our dismay and disappointment, Sharif has not been fair and forthright in answering any of the queries made during the course of hearing.”

The judgment said since Pakistan’s prime minister was thought to be the ethos personified of the nation and represented at the national and international level, denying an asset established or defending a trust deed written in 2006 in a font becoming commercial in 2007 was below the dignity and decorum of the office he holds.

Quoting a couplet expressing a follower’s feelings about his leader, Justice Khan said: “Don’t talk about this thing and that, just tell us why the caravan was looted - We have no complaint with the passersby, it is a question of your leadership.”

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