Pakistan probe panel puts Sharif, family in the dock

Brandon Parsons
July 11, 2017

The Joint Investigative Team (JIT), consisting of investigators from Pakistan's police, military and financial regulators spent 60 days gathering evidence and questioning witnesses regarding the prime minister's family's assets. "There are so many contradictions in this report anybody who reads it objectively will understand its true goal", he said. Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, who was named in the Panama Papers leaks, said that the JIT is a conspiracy against democracy. They faced accountability many times, including during the Pervez Musharraf era, but nothing could be proved against them, he added.

Quoting sources, Rana said planning minister Ahsan Iqbal along with a counsel is expected to soon hold a presser, informing the public about its official stance on the JIT report.

It is also learnt that PM Nawaz also owns an offshore company.

Although Mr. Sharif had won a 3-2 split verdict in April this year, the apex court constituted a JIT to conduct fresh investigations into his family assets. We fail to understand as to what stopped the JIT to visit the palace and record the statement.

"Significant gap/disparity amongst the known and declared sources of income and the wealth accumulated by the Respondent No. 1, 6, 7 and 8 have been observed", the JIT observed in its concluding remarks.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government would contest the JIT report in the apex court, adding that the government has firm faith in the judiciary.

Opposition leader Imran Khan of Tehreek-i-Insaf party demanded Sharif to resign over the findings.

Commenting on the report, Daniyal Aziz said his party will go through it and then would give a final reaction.

The JIT questioned seven members of the Sharif family, including the prime minister. It also directed the counsel of both sides to appear in court on July 17 for the next hearing of the case.

The probe body also recommended the court that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should initiate inquiry against PM and his two sons as well as Maryam Nawaz.

The JIT report may not be as damaging for the ruling family as they are anticipating.

"There is no need of further trial or proceedings".

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