Imran Khan issued second notice in Shehbaz Sharif's Rs10 billion defamation suit

Imran Khan issued second notice in Shehbaz Sharif's Rs10 billion defamation suit

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday concluded hearing the sensitive Panama Papers case against beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family for alleged corruption and money laundering, but reserved its verdict that could jeopardise his political future.

The chairman of Pakistan's financial regulator was arrested today accused of forging documents in the Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

On this, Additional District and Sessions Judge Azfar Sultan issued a notice to Imran Khan to appear on July 21, but he did not.

Giving a stern warning to Sharif, the three-judge bench said, "The punishment for submitting forged documents in the court is seven years in jail". "The JIT report has proved that the prime minster and his family members have been involved in corruption", he said, adding that the apex court should refer the case to the National Accountability Bureau for a reference against the Sharif family as recommended by the JIT.

The minister said that the court had noted and recognized the point raised by legal counsel of Sharif family that law firms in England remained open 24/7 and even visit residences of their clients for legal assistance.

Imran Khan issued second notice in Shehbaz Sharif's Rs10 billion defamation suit

Dated 2006, they were typed in Microsoft's Calibri font, which was not released for commercial use until 2007, the joint investigation team (JIT) said, citing forensics experts.

The arrest comes just over a week after the investigating team, tasked by the Supreme Court with probing the graft claims, said that documents naming Sharif's daughter Maryam as a trustee for several of the family's high-end London properties were also "falsified". Supreme Court may verify these documents from Dubai if they want to.

The investigators, earlier this month, concluded that there was "significant disparity" between the Sharif family's declared wealth, the known sources of income of Sharif and his family, and their opulent lifestyle, in addition to the Calibri discrepancy.

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