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imageISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday adjourned hearing of four identical petitions filed by PTI and others seeking investigation into the Panama Papers till tomorrow (Friday).

A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case.

As the hearing of the case resumed, Advocate Makhdoom Ali Khan counsel for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif submitted the premier’s replies to questions posed by the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday.

He submitted details with regard to various offices that Nawaz Sharif had been holding during his political career.

According to replies, Nawaz Sharif served as finance minister Punjab province from April 1981 to February 1985 and served as chief minister of the province from April 1985 to May 1988.

The reply further informed that he served as interim chief minister from May 1988 to December 1988 and once again served as chief minister from December 1988 to August 1990.

Nawaz Sharif later served as prime minister from November 1990 to April 1993 and resigned from National Assembly in July 1993. He also served as leader of opposition in the national assembly from October 1993 to November 1996 and again became prime minister for the second time from February 1997 to October 1999 until his government was dissolved and martial law imposed in the country.

Nawaz Sharif, the reply submitted said, was sent in exile in December 2000 and he returned back to the country in November 2007 and got elected prime minister for the third time on June 5, 2013. Copies of the reply were also submitted to the counsels of PTI.

Naeem Bukhari, counsel for PTI prayed to the bench to discard the Qatari Prince’s letter from the case.

Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that the arguments of PM’s children were based on this letter. How could it be removed?

The hearing has been adjourned till January 6 (tomorrow).

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