New Pak CJ forms larger bench to hear Panamagate case on Jan. 4

Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec. 31 : After taking oath as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday constituted a five-judge larger bench to hear the Panamagate case.

The five-judge bench which will hear the Panama case on January 4 will be headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, reports the Express Tribune.

The bench also comprises of Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad,Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim who was a part of the earlier proceedings in Panamagate case has not been included in the new bench.

The Pakistan Supreme Court in November took up a slew of petitions seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's disqualification in the wake of Panama Papers, which in April revealed that the his family members had stashed money in offshore companies.

The outgoing Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who was also heading the bench and conducted 10 hearings of the case, adjourned the case till first week of January.

With his retirement yesterday the old bench was dissolved..

Source: ANI