ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khosa Wednesday said the judges did not call anyone ‘The Godfather’ in the landmark ruling of Supreme Court in Panama Papers case announced on July 28when Nawaz Sharif was disqualified.
Addressing the deputy Attorney General, he queried, “Have you read the Panamagate judgement? Was Nawaz Sharif was called Godfather?”
“Nowhere in the judgement have we mentioned The Godfather,” he said while adding that the reference to the Sicilian Mafia was made because of Nihal Hashmi’s open threats to the judiciary.
Deputy Attorney General responded, “No. You did not call Nawaz Sharif Godfather.”
Justice Khosa remarked, “Sicilian Mafia was mentioned with reference to open threats given by Nehal Hashmi,” adding the Sicilian mafia used to kill children of the judges.
He stressed, “Nowhere in the verdict did we mention The Godfather,” adding The Godfather was a hero but the media turned him into villain.
Justice Khosa later said in the judgement: “I may, therefore, be justified in raising an adverse inference in the matter. The fortune amassed by respondent No. 1 is indeed huge and no plausible or satisfactory explanation has been advanced in that regard. Honoré de Balzac may after all be right when he had said that behind every great fortune for which one is at a loss to account there is a crime.”
“In the above mentioned sorry and unfortunate state of affairs a conclusion has appeared to me to be unavoidable and inescapable that in the matter of explaining the wealth and assets respondent No. 1 has not been honest to the nation, to the nation’s representatives in the National Assembly and even to this Court.”-NNI