Pakistan

ISLAMABAD The special bench mandated by Supreme Court to implement Panama verdict while hearing Husain Nawaz’s petition against members of joint investigation team (JIT) said that no member is going to be changed and the team will continue its probe as per law, local media reported.

The special bench of the apex court comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Hassan heard the case on Monday and rejected Nawaz’s claims regarding the impartiality of two members.

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Hussain Nawaz had expressed reservations about Bilal Rasool, a representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), and Aamer Aziz, a representative of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

Nawaz had further added in the plea that two JIT members have links with former President of Pakistan General (R) Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Referring to the allegations, the bench observed that Hussain was expressing reservations over a member who has expertise in investigating the white-collar crime.

The bench further remarked that the court will issue bailable and non-bailable warrants against those who will refuse to appear before the JIT when summoned.

During the proceedings, Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that tangible evidence needed to be furnished in order to prove that the JIT members were ‘biased’. He assured that the two members pointed out by Hussain Nawaz would conduct fair investigations.

‘No member of JIT will be changed’ remarked justice Ejaz Afzal.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed expressed that the bench knew that Aamir Aziz was a representative of the State Bank, adding that the premier would not nominate members of Joint Investigation Team.

On Sunday, Hussain Nawaz, the son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the JIT and recorded his statement for two hours.