Nawaz Sharif appears before Panama Papers probe team

  • Nawaz Sharif appears before Panama Papers probe team

Nawaz Sharif appears before Panama Papers probe team

A number of state institutions on Friday have rejected allegations levelled by the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of impeding its probe against money trail and offshore properties of Sharif family by submitting their reply in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, ARY News reported.

On Thursday Justice Khan, addressing Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf, observed that the court had been told that the JIT members were not available today as were busy interrogating Prime Minister Sharif at the Federal Judicial Academy.

Reportedly, Panama Papers - a joint consortium of various media houses through International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) - allege that Nawaz Sharif and his sons used the money laundered to purchase four apartments in London's posh Park Lane area. Sharif and his children have denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

"My government, my family and I presented ourselves for accountability".

In this regard, the Supreme Court had begun investigation regarding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif family's offshore wealth after opposition leader Imran Khan filed a petition in the apex court.

Khan's party has been leading the legal battles against the prime minister and staging street rallies to press Sharif to resign from office.

According to these reports, "The JIT asked the SECP for record of Chaudhry Sugar Mills and all past inquiries against Sharif family. Musharraf's dictatorship also grilled us threadbare but could not find anything and only found a fake plane hijacking case to be registered against us", Sharif said. Same thing happened during his visit to China when during the meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, his brother Shahbaz Sharif, sitting next to him, was seen completing the sentences as Sharif struggled for the right words.

The JIT has summoned the premier's elder son, Hussain Nawaz, five times and his younger son, Hassan, twice.

It was unclear whether Sharif would again be summoned to appear before the panel.

In an exclusive interview with Express News current affairs show Takrar broadcasted on June 13, 2017, Chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan claimed that there is (was) dictatorship in Russian Federation.

The Supreme Court has given the panel two months to investigate the family and then deliver its findings. The JIT comprises anti- corruption officials, along with members of the powerful spy agency ISI and the Military Intelligence.