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SC adjourns Panamagate hearing till 1pm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned for two hours a hearing of the Panamagate case calling for disqualification of the prime minister and his close family members for their alleged investment in offshore companies.

The top court said it would decide on a commission to probe the Panama Papers leaks after taking the statements of both parties.

The apex court suspended the hearing for two hours and directed both parties to submit their comments after consulting their respective leadership.

The court said it will decide that who will chair the commission and who will be the members.

A five-judge apex court bench comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Hassan commenced the proceedings just a day ahead of the anticipated lockdown of Islamabad by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

Petitions were moved by Advocate Tariq Asad, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, PTI chief Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League head Sheikh Rashid Ahmed asking for the appointment of a judicial commission to investigate the investment made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family in an offshore investment company called Mossack Fonseca.

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