MAMOSA Report — Pakistan’s right-wing political party Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq expressed hope that the Supreme Court‘s decision on Panama Papers case would be in favor of the people of Pakistan.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan is set to announce verdict in the Panama Papers case, involving corruption allegations against family of country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, by mid-April, media reported on Thursday, citing sources.
Speaking at a public rally in Lower Dir , the religious party head claimed that after the verdict a number of people will be behind bars, adding that in case if the decision is not as per the expectations of the masses, then consequently fate of the country will be decided by people on the streets.
Shairf’s family came under fire after the leaked documents showed that his sons Hassan and Hussain, and daughter Maryam, owned at least three offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.
The JI chief earlier said the decision of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case would expose the corrupt. ‘We are hopeful that the decision will come against the thieves and the corrupt,’ he said while addressing the gathering.
He added the government was unable to root out corruption and provide jobs to the unemployed youth.
Sirajul Haq stated that in view of broad alliance of religious parties, he has visited Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman. ‘We will soon go for a massive sit-in against interest- based system in Islamabad,’ Siraj warned.
The JI leader said that his party would establish Sharia law in the country if voted to power. Sirajul Haq said his party would emerge victorious in the next general election and defeat the corrupt elite. He said that the rulers had looted the resources and pocketed the funds meant for uplift projects.
Sirajul Haq said the government had failed to provide relief to the masses and steer the country out of the prevailing crises.
A large number of JI activists attended the rally. A large numbers of workers of other political parties announced joining the JI on the occasion.
Panama Papers case in Supreme Court
In late October 2016, the Supreme Court of Pakistan accepted petitions from a number of country’s parties, in particular Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamhoori Watan Party, calling for a public hearing of the case. The petition was followed by mass anti-government rallies.
On February 23, five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court concluded hearing the Panama Papers case and reserved the final judgment. Earlier this week, media reports emerged that the announcement of the verdict might come soon.
The scandal over tax evasion schemes used by various financial institutions erupted in 2015, when some 11.5 million documents belonging to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked by an anonymous source. The leaked papers contained information listing over 200,000 offshore entities used for tax evasion and fraud, and included personal information about individuals and public officials.