Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A joint investigation team (JIT) made by the Supreme Court to probe into Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons’ business dealings abroad will present its inquiry report prepared in two weeks today (Monday)


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A special bench on Panama issue headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan will hold its third hearing regarding the case and review the report of JIT. It is unclear so far whether the special bench will make the preliminary JIT report public or not.

In the 540-page verdict announced of April 20, the five-member bench of apex court said that the NAB Chairman has failed to cooperate with the investigation, and the FIA has also failed to eliminate white collar crimes, necessitating the establishment of the JIT.

 The Supreme Court had asked the JIT to investigate the money trail issued by the Prime Minister. The team comprises officials from the NAB, FIA, ISI, MI and the State Bank of Pakistan.

Justice Khosa announced the final verdict, which was written by Justice Ejaz. Two judges in the five-member bench had decided in favour of disqualifying the Prime Minister.

The case stems from documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm which showed that Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy properties in London.

Latest Meeting of JIT

In its 11th meeting on May 20, the JIT prepared a questionnaire following the statements of Nawaz Sharif’s children and his own speeches at National Assembly.

The JIT also made Hudaibia Paper Mill and confessional statement by Ishaq Dar part of the questionnaire.

However, the decision to call Nawaz Sharif to appear before the JIT or send an inquiry team to PM House for investigation will be made by the apex court in the next hearing.

The JIT has also decided to call Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani for queries over a letter he sent to the top court regarding the Panama case.