Panama case: Sharif discusses counter strategy with top aides

Why Nawaz Sharif has become a target?

After the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the Pakistan Supreme Court, levelled serious corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, the top court today resumed the hearing of high-profile Panamagate graft case.

It has been revealed that a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is counted in the inner circle of PM, provided joint investigation team (JIT) with all the documents.

Supporters of the Sharif family argued online the font was actually available in an early beta of Windows Vista in 2004, and the deluge of back and forth editing on Calibri's Wikipedia page led to it being locked down, and birthing what Pakistani social media is calling "Fontgate".

Her feisty social media persona and combative tweets in defense of her father have often pitted her against Sharif's rivals. "It does kill any aspirations for the dynasty - through her at any rate".

The Panama papers case against members of Sharif family was lodged on November 3 and the Supreme Court held 35 hearings before concluding the proceedings on February 23.

Instead, Sharif is devoting most of his time to consultative sessions with his political and legal aides to deal with the challenges posed by the JIT report amidst resonating calls for him to step down.

Till now Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet members have talked about a conspiracy being hatched against the government.

"It is a sub-judice matter and the Supreme Court will make its decision in the case", he added.

According to a statement issued by the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto lauded the party leaders and workers from South Punjab "for launching the salvo against Nawaz Sharif and his coterie who have caused vast damage to the image of democracy and democratic credentials".

Why Nawaz Sharif has become a target?

The investigators alleged his family's wealth was beyond its means, and accused his children, including his daughter and presumed heir Maryam, of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of posh London flats.

For India, strengthening of the Pakistani political class remains a pipedream despite nearly a decade of civilian rule. The other three judges were in favor of forming a JIT to definitively answer the question of whether the allegations against the Prime Minister were true or not. It can send the case to a trial court or an accountability court.

"She has a policy mind", said Musadik Malik, Maryam's friend and spokesman for Sharif.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has warned the prime minister that he will be forced to leave office if he does not resign voluntarily.

PM Sharif has contended that the "controversial" JIT had submitted a report "based on accusations and conjecture" that reflected "animosity and malice".

The report consists of the statements of Prime Minister Sharif, his brother and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif; his children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Sharif and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar.

Sharif later said "there is no honor in honor killings", to raised eyebrows in conservative circles.

Mr. Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), was tipped to win the next election, which is due late next year.



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