ISLAMABAD – The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers has found Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz and recommended Supreme Court to file a reference against the PM and sons.
A 254-page JIT report submitted in the apex court on Monday proved that the Sharif family has failed to produce the money trail of their assets in London and means of income.
Noting that the Sharif family’s lifestyle does not match their income, it said the ruling family may be deemed guilty of violating the NABs’ reference.
According to sources, the JIT’s report has been shared with Prime Minister Sharif by Attorney General and his legal teams.The JIT submitted the final report of the investigation to the special bench of Supreme Court (SC) today (July 10) as the term designated came to a close on Monday.
JIT comprising of its head, FIA’s Wajid Zia, Amer Aziz of the State Bank of Pakistan, SECP Executive Director Communication Bilal Rasool, Irfan Naeem Mangi of National Accountability Bureau, Brigadier (retd) Nauman Saeed of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Brigadier Kamran Khurshid from the Military Intelligence brought the report in a box labeled as “Evidence”.
Wajid Zia said that the report comprises of 10 volumes and Volume No. 10 will be used for further investigation in the case.
Justice Ejaz Afzal, in his remarks, said that JIT itself has investigated the matter and they should not be used.
The court rejected government’s plea of forming a commission for the investigation of Hussain Nawaz’s JIT picture leak. Justice Aijaz-ul-Ahsan said, “the government can make a commission if it wants.”
When asked who was responsible for the record tampering, attorney general stated that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has held Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi for it.
Justice Ejaz-ul-Ehsan said that that SECP official were threatened of being transferred to Gilgit if they would testify against its chairman. “Hijazi lied to the court,” he remarked.
“Telling lies to the court is creating hurdles in the path of providing justice,” Ahsan said.
A case was filed against Hijazi over tampering the records regarding the offshore wealth of Sharif family.
With inputs from SamaaNews