Pakistan's Supreme Court has heard the defence's arguments in the Panama Papers case involving members of the prime minister's family, while marches are staged by hundreds of people across Islamabad demanding Nawaz Sharif's resignation.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said the government will fully respect the decision of the Supreme Court regarding investigation into the Panama Papers.
"The court, which also took up the hearing of Panama data leaks that implicate [Sharif] and his family, has asked both sides to come to an agreement to repose confidence in the court, after which there is a likelihood of a judicial commission being formed", he said.
According to the Panama Papers, three of Sharif's four children - Maryam, Hasan and Hussain were owners of offshore companies and "were owners or had the right to authorise transactions for several companies".
The hearing coincides with days of anti-government protests led by the opposition politician Imran Khan. Addressing a press conference outside Bani Gala, Khan thanked those who were part of his struggle against corruption.
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The bench has expressed its desire that all the parties, including the PTI, which was to launch its Islamabad lockdown to force Nawaz Sharif to step down from November 2, should reconsider their position.
"In PPP's regime Wali Khan had threatened to lockdown the KP but the government settled all the matters with him on table", he said, adding that more measures are required to rescue the country from corruption and the tenure of government should be reduced from 5 to 4 years. All entry points to the capital are being monitored and scores of PTI workers have been arrested.
Although Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak was forced to retreat after heavy tear-gas shelling by the police and other law enforcement agencies at Burhan on Monday night but it was alarming to witness a federating unit fighting against the federation, a very serious matter with negative implications. The PTI is in power in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and hopes for a major influx of youth from the province to boost the strength of the protest. In Punjab, which is commanded by Sharif's ruling PML-N, a huge selection of PTI workers have already been detained.
PTI chief also felicitated the workers over the directives of Lahore High Court (LHC) regarding removal of all the barriers and containers impounded on the roads leading to Islamabad.