Pakistani Investigation Committee Report Recommends Filing Reference Against PM

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he speaks to media after appearing before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Islamabad, Pakistan June 15, 2017.

ISLAMABAD: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed to probe the money trail of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family’s offshore properties, submitted its fourth and final report to the Supreme Court today and it recommended the apex court to file reference against the prime minister and his two sons under NAB Ordinance, ARY News reported.

According to ARY News Islamabad Bureau Chief Sabir Shakir, the JIT said in its report that:

“PM’s sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz failed to produce satisfactory evidence in the offshore companies allegations against them.”

The probe body also recommended the court that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should initiate inquiry against PM and his two sons as well as Maryam Nawaz.

 Three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, took up the Panama Papers implementation case and adjourned the hearing till next Monday to examine the lengthy inquiry report.

The Panama JIT members arrived at the court amid tight security along with a box believed to be containing the investigation report and evidences collected by them during 60-day long investigation.

The six-member investigation team, led by Deputy Director General FIA Wajid Zia, was given sixty days to complete the task.

Informing the court, Zia requested that volume-10 of the JIT report should not be made public as it contained evidences that would help in further probe in the Panamagate scandal.

The team held numerous sessions at Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad during which Hussain Nawaz, elder son of the Prime Minister, appeared before it for six times; Prime Minister’s younger son Hassan Nawaz three times and his daughter Maryam Nawaz once.

This article first appeared on ARY News

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