Islamabad (July 10, 2017): The three-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, which is monitoring the implementation of the Panama case has ordered registration of a case against chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Zafar Hijazi for obstructing justice.
The bench of the apex court, which handed down the majority judgment in the Panama Papers case, issued the order after Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf informed the court that Federal Investigation Agency has made recommendation to register case against him .
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The order has come in the wake of the report submitted by the six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to the special implementation bench of Panama case today.
Justice Azmat Saeed said that the case against Zafar Hijazi will be registered today. Member of the bench Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan remarked that Zafar Hijazi also threatened his staff who recorded statements to the JIT. Zafar Hijazi also kept lying to the court, he said. It has also to be seen on whose instruction the records were tempered, Justice Azmat Saeed added.
The counsel of Zafar Hijazi plead that the records were tempered tenth months ago.
The court also said that initiation of case against Zafar Hijazi would not be effected by the observation of the apex court.
The court later adjourned the hearing till July 17.