Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that was formed to probe the Panama Papers case has prepared a questionnaire to send to Al-Thani family to determine the real ownership of London flats said to be owned by the Sharif family.

According to media reports, a detailed questionnaire would be dispatched to the Qatari royal family next week. The six-member JIT has started consultations with the Foreign Office given the possibility of two members of the JIT visiting Doha for the purpose.

“We are finalising a few questions for Al-Thani family which could help us to know the facts about London property. Even two members of JIT can visit them [family] at Doha if they agree upon,”  a senior official of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Geo News.

Questions are being drafted in the light of the Supreme Court questions regarding whether sudden appearance of the letters of Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani is a myth or reality, and how bearer shares crystallised into the flats, the officials added.

The JIT will also send a questionnaire to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cousin Tariq Shafi.

The Supreme Court’s special bench constituted the JIT to probe funds used by the Prime Minister’s children to buy properties in London through offshore businesses. The JIT will submit its detailed report to the apex court on May 22.