Aitzaz Ahsan expects no breakthrough in Panama papers verdict

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will announce its much-awaited judgment in the Panama leaks scandal involving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family on Thursday, according to the court's schedule list on Wednesday.

"We should complete our tenure no matter what the decision is".

Political analyst Rasul Buksh Rais said: "It's going to be (a) historic decision that will push Pakistan into electoral mood in either case", adding that he did not expect a disqualification verdict.

Sharif has denied any wrongdoing, but the Supreme Court agreed to investigate his family's offshore wealth late a year ago after opposition leader Imran Khan threatened street protests.

"The nation is expecting some sort of judgement which will change the course of history in Pakistan", senior Supreme Court lawyer S.M. Zafar told AFP, though he said it was hard to predict the verdict.

"The option of early elections (this year) is being discussed by the leadership in case of the apex court's decision affecting Prime Minister Sharif", aPML-N leader said on Wednesday.

Sharif came to power for a third term following his right-wing Pakistan Muslim League Party's landslide victory in the 2013 elections.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked PML-N workers not to come to the Supreme Court today for hearing the verdict of Panama Papers case.

"However, in case the decision somehow affects the premier, I am of the view that we should go into the polls as per schedule in 2018", Sanaullah told a local newspaper.

PTI and many believe the decision will be against Nawaz Sharif and his kin.

The case is about alleged illegal money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as Prime Minister to purchase assets in London.

At the outset, the ASG said that investigation into the names leaked by a website was not simple and multiple agencies were probing and trying to ascertain the details.

Mr. Narasimha, while opposing separate investigation, said the probe into these cases were not like normal crime incidents as it involved various aspects, like treaties with foreign countries and agreement for disclosures.

The news comes as a drawn-out investigation related to the "Panama Papers" leaks, which revealed the Sharif family's offshore wealth, has neared conclusion. A trove of 11.5 million digital records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca past year revealed how numerous world's wealthy used offshore companies to stash assets. The papers exposed prominent politicians, celebrities, businessmen and criminals who had set up offshore companies in different parts of the world.

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