PM decides to appear before JIT probing Panama Papers case: Marriyum

Lance Nichols
June 12, 2017

The joint investigation team (JIT) probing the ruling family's offshore wealth has alleged that the records related to the Panama Papers case were being tampered with by some government departments to assist the Sharifs.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to appear this week before a panel investigating allegations against his family's offshore companies and money laundering.

The prime minister has been asked to bring along "relevant record or documents" relating to the case to the Federal Judicial Academy - where the temporary headquarters of the JIT is situated, Geo News reported. Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was ousted twice in the 1990s, including by a military coup in 1999, but he swept back to power in an election in 2013. The summons was issued to Sharif after he returned from Kazakhstan on Saturday, where he had been attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

It also asked the deputy attorney general, who was present for the proceedings, if it was wise for the JIT's report on the problems being faced by the team to be made public.

After discussing the issue with his close aides, Sharif has chose to appear before the JIT, sources revealed.

The Joint Investigation Team has summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday in connection with the ongoing interrogation.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb, talking to some TV channels, said that the prime minister had received the JIT summons and in pursuance of the Supreme Court's order of April 20, he would ensure his presence accordingly.

After the leak of the "Panama Papers", opposition parties including sporting hero Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf filed a petition with the court seeking Sharif's disqualification on the grounds that the assets held overseas were acquired with tainted and laundered money.

So far, Hussain has appeared five times before the JIT.

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