Saturday, 23 September, 2017

JIT urgesNAB to file reference against Nawaz Sharif, sons

Maryam Nawaz daughter of PM Nawaz Sharif speaks at a ceremony. — Geo News FILE Maryam Nawaz daughter of PM Nawaz Sharif speaks at a ceremony. — Geo News FILE
Jerome Frank | 11 July, 2017, 00:48

Every contradiction will not only be contested but decimated in SC.

The JIT's measure of recording and tapping phone calls is an illegal act, he further said.

Respondent 1 refers to Prime Minister Sharif; Respondent 6 was Maryam; Respondent 7 Hussain; while Respondent 8 was Hassan.

The PML-N government has said the investigation report will not be accepted by it, as a statement of former Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, a key defence witness, is still expected.

At one point the report refers to the "irregular movement" of cash gifts and loans from companies based in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Britain to Sharif, his son and companies linked to them.

He went on to say that the negative role of certain institutions such as Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has also been exposed in the report.

The JIT also said that the Sharifs were unable to provide substantive evidence of a reliable money trail, used to buy expensive properties in London. The investigators have recommended that a case be filed against Sharif in the National Accountability Court. "We will demolish this report".

"This report is a political statement which reads like an Imran-nama", the minister said.

The Supreme Court had taken up the matter after it was petitioned by the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party regarding disclosures in the Panama Papers leaks about offshore assets owned by Sharif's three children. The words of the JIT will not be final as Supreme Court itself will analyse the contents and then decide the future course of action.

The Supreme Court said the petitioners and Sharif's family would be provided copies of the JIT's report.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, on the other hand, termed the report "inconclusive" and a "source-based report" which has no worth before a court of law.

The case was first reported by British media in 1996 when it claimed that the flats were purchased through money laundered by the Sharif family.

The federal government on Monday rubbished the findings of a joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the offshore business dealings of the Sharif family. They appeared once before the JIT.

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