Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again expressed his reservations over the investigative process that stemmed out of the Panama Case interim order, questioning the role of the members included in the Joint Investigation Team.

In an interaction with newsmen outside the accountability court in Islamabad, the PML-N’s ‘Quaid for Life’ said that Wajiz Zia, the head of JIT will have to reveal identities of the staff associated with him.

“It has been revealed now that 40 people were involved in drafting the JIT report,” asserted Nawaz and asked who the 30 investigators and 10 staffers were.

Casting doubts about the transparency of the probe – ordered by the supreme court in the Panama papers Case – the three-time prime minister also questioned who approved the recruitment of the JIT support staff.

“Facts are pouring out of the false case after the false decision,” opined the elder Sharif, who showed up before the accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir alongside his daughter Maryam.

In an emotional outburst, the 68-year-old politician wondered that who was determining the fate of the nation.

Meanwhile, the hearing for the Avenfield Reference filed against the members of Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau is underway today (Thursday).

As many as three corruption references had been filed against the Sharif family, on the directives of the top court which pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

Hussian and Hassan Nawaz are UK-based and have been absconding since the proceedings began last year, however, the former premier has been showing up regularly before the court of judge Muhammad Bashir.