Ruling party rejects Panama JIT report

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The Pakistan government issued millions from national exchequer for the security of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family members during their appearances before Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT), media reports said on Thursday.

The premier's son-in-law, Capt Safdar, was also included in the names forwarded to NAB.

The report said the financial structure and health of companies in Pakistan having linkages to the Sharif family also do no substantiate their wealth. Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, who was named in the Panama Papers leaks, said that the JIT is a conspiracy against democracy.

The investigators have recommended that a case be filed against Sharif in the a National Accountability Court, after concluding that there were "significant gap [s]" in Sharif's family's ability to account for their assets.

The six-member team of JIT has apparently submitted its magnified report to the Supreme Court of Pakistan after a 60-day meticulous investigation.

JIT can summon anyone to probe money-laundering charges against Sharif's family.




The report was not made public but the influential Dawn newspaper said the JIT had found "glaring disparities" between the Sharif family's sources of income and its assets.

Earlier, JIT chief Wajid Zia presented the 10-volume report along with evidence to the three-member special bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

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.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) submitted its final report following a two-month long investigation.

During the meeting, attended by Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz and senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, Prime Minister Sharif gave policy guidelines on aligning the country's foreign policy with new demands and reaffirmed Pakistan's stance on maintaining peaceful relations with its neighbours. From day one this was also the demand of PTI, the petitioner in Panama Papers case, that proceedings of the JIT be kept open. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London.

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