Panamagate case: Army denies ‘direct involvement’ in JIT probing Sharif family

  • Those who believe otherwise “are under foreign influence", says ISPR chief
  • ‘Political talk is in the political domain’

RAWALPINDI – Pakistan Army has denied any direct army involvement in the Supreme Court-mandated JIT probing the Sharif family’s wealth in the Panamagate case.

“There is no direct army involvement,” stated Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a press briefing Sunday.

“Every person has freedom of opinion,” said the military spokesman, in a response to queries about speculation regarding the army’s involvement in Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Ghafoor said people who believe that the army is doing its best for the country are not part of a campaign to discredit the institution on social media. “Those who believe otherwise are under foreign influence.”

“The JIT was made by the Supreme Court. Two of its members belong to the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence. It is a subjudice case, and it will go to court.”

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“There is no direct army involvement in the JIT,” he asserted again, adding that the “Pakistan Army will continue playing its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions.”

“Political talk is in the political domain.”

When asked to comment on reports that the army is part of a conspiracy to remove the government, he said “I don’t think this even merits a response. I have shown you what the army is doing”.

“It is the duty of every Pakistani to ensure the supremacy of the law and Constitution,” he said in answer to another question.

The ISPR chief also read out a message from Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa during the press conference: “We are building peace in our country brick by brick and moving from relative stability towards enduring peace. For this, the army should continue to perform its role with support of all other state institutions.”