LAHORE: Justice Shahid Waheed of the Lahore High Court overruled today objection of the registrar office on a petition seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other politicians allegedly involved in Panama leaks and establishing offshore companies.

The judge directed registrar office to fix the petition before any bench for regular hearing. Gohar Nawaz Sindhu of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf had filed the petition.

Earlier, the registrar office had objected to the petition holding that the Prime Minister cannot be made party in the case.

The petitioner challenged the objection of the registrar office that the petition was of great public interest. He said the politicians including the Prime Minister were involved in transferring public money out of Pakistan and establishing offshore companies. The petitioner stated that public money was invested in offshore companies. They concealed facts from the public, he alleged. He prayed to the court to declare Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other politicians as disqualified. He also prayed that sons and daughters of PM should also be barred from contesting elections.

Meanwhile a writ petition has also been filed that challenges the formation of inquiry commission to examine allegation levelled against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family in Panama papers’ disclosure.

Judicial Activism Panel filed the petition through its chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique saying that constitution of inquiry commission is unlawful. The allegation of corruption against PM’s family is an individual matter and NAB should be allowed to investigate it independently, the petitioner said.  He stated inquiry commission is made when a collective damage takes place which causes damage to the public at large.

On other hand, Mr. Siddique argued that judicial commission cannot be made without order of the President on the advice of prime Minister. He said a legal procedure is involved in making it which has not been done so far. Beside it, he stated, a number of inquiry commissions were made in the past but no action was taken on their findings, so formation of another inquiry tribunal will be wastage of time and public money.

After the admission of Hussain Nawaz about existence of their companies outside Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may be declared as disqualified, he said. Mr. Azhar said Hussain Nawaz was minor when offshore company was purchased outside Pakistan in 1993 and 1994 but the PM did not declare his assets before the Election Commission of Pakistan. He concealed facts from the public and thus, he cannot hold public office.

The petitioner prayed to the court to order the National Accountability Bureau to hold inquiry of the Panama matter and fix responsibility. He further prayed that Election Commission of Pakistan be directed to start inquiry against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing facts from the public while submitting nomination papers.

On Tuesday, media reports claimed that several politicians, businessmen and other influential figures were named as owners or shareholders in offshore firms incorporated through the Mossack Fonseca law firm.

In addition to the companies owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children, the leaks also allege that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, her nephew Hassan Ali Jaffery and former interior minister Rehman Malik were the owners of Petrofine FZC — a company that was implicated in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal, unearthed by a UN committee in 2005.