Constitution Petition No. 29 of 2016 or the Panama Papers Scandal judgment was handed down today by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Panama Papers are a giant leak of more than 11.5 million financial and legal records exposing a system that enables crime, corruption and wrongdoing, hidden by secretive offshore companies.
The Supreme Court ruled there is insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister. But it ordered a further investigation into money transfers. Questions arose over the business dealings of Mr Sharif’s family when three of his children were linked to offshore accounts in the Panama Papers leaks in 2015. News reports are available on the ruling below:
- BBC: Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling
- Guardian: Panama Papers: court rejects call to oust Pakistani PM over corruption claims
- Dawn: Panamagate verdict: PML-N declares ‘victory’, Supreme Court orders JIT probe of Sharif family
- Dawn: 13 damning remarks made by Justice Khosa on Panamagate
- Dawn: Meet the SC judges behind the Panama Papers ruling