LAHORE – Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that there was no moral justification for the JIT tasked to probe offshore assets of Sharif family to summon the daughter of the prime minister, Maryam Nawaz.
“We accept the JIT’s privilege to summon any person as a witness but our civilisation teaches us respect for women,” he said in a statement.
Shehbaz Sharif, who also made a maiden appearance before the Joint Investigation Team recalled that Sharif family’s women had been misbehaved with during the Musharraf era but “then there was a non-constitutional and illegal regime”.
He took aim at those quoting the example of slain PPP chairman Benazir Bhutto and comparing it with Maryam’s appearance saying the people had during her tenure picked up his late father forcibly from his office and deprived the old man even of medicines.
It bears mentioning that Maryam Nawaz is set to record her statement for the first time before the Joint Investigation Team today at 11 A.M.
Prior to Maryam’s appearance, premier’s elder son Hussain Nawaz had six sessions with the team whereas Hassan Nawaz arrived at the federal judicial academy thrice for recording his statement.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, finance minister Ishaq Dar and PM’s son-in-law Captain Safdar all made a single appearance before the team
The cousin of prime minister Tariq Shafi faced the team twice. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had set a deadline of July 10 for the team to wind up its probe.