Panama case: JIT asks NAB to file reference against PM Nawaz and children

  • Glaring disparities found between Sharif family's known sources of income and their actual wealth
  • JIT submits final report to Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD – After submitting its report in the apex court Monday, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has requested the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children – Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, and Maryam Safdar.

Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar Awan, the premier’s son-in-law, has also been included in the names forwarded to NAB.

The JIT had reservations regarding the significant gap and disparity among the known and declared source of income and the wealth accumulated have been observed, according to the JIT document.

“The financial structure and health of the companies in Pakistan having linkages to the Respondents also do not substantiate the wealth of Respondents,” said the document.

The Supreme Court’s special implementation bench was proceeding with the Panama Papers case on Monday after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) submitted its final probe report.

The report, spread over 10 volumes, was brought in two cartons which were carried on a trolley into the apex court.

SECP & Sharif family’s record tampering

After the report’s submission, the bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and including Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, ordered the registration of FIR against Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi.

The Federal Investigation Agency had informed the court over the weekend that its inquiry had found Hijazi guilty of tampering records of SECP’s probe into the Chaudhry Sugar Mills, owned by the Sharif family.