Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Hussain Nawaz, the son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sunday appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and recorded his statement for two hours.

The JIT is investigating the assets of the prime minister in light of the Supreme Court’s April 30 order.

“I was given only one day to respond to the JIT’s notice as i had received notice on Saturday in Lahore. He added that he was not sent any questionnaire, however, would record his statement with the probe team nevertheless”, Hussain lamented while talking to media on his arrival. He was accompanied by his counsel Abdul Ghani.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Hanif Abbasi, Daniyal Aziz and Tariq Fazal Chaudhry were also present on the occasion.

In view of a recent directive from the Supreme Court that the JIT should conclude and complete its investigations within the allotted 60-day period, the JIT has been working even on weekends to meet the deadline.

Earlier, JIT had sent a notice to Hussain Nawaz for appearing before the probe team. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son had earlier refused to appear before the JIT citing reservations over two of its members.

The probing team decided to summon Hussain Nawaz to know about the Sharif Family’s assets in London and Qatar.

In order to interrogate Nawaz Sharif, sources said, the JIT has drawn up list of questions, mostly regarding tax returns of London flats.

Hussain Nawaz filed an application in the apex court expressing his reservations over two JIT members – Amer Aziz and Bilal Rasool, who respectively represent the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The Supreme Court had admitted his application of hearing and will take it up on May 29, after which the JIT will quiz Hussain Nawaz.

The committee’s other members include Irfan Naeem Mangi (NAB), Brigadier Muhammad Nauman Saeed (ISI), Brigadier Kamran Khurshid (MI) and Wajid Zia (FIA).