Trouble for Pakistan PM Sharif, probe team recommends new anti-graft case

Francis Osborne
July 11, 2017

A senior leader from Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, Daniyal Aziz, said full cooperation to investigators, has been extended by the Prime Minister and his family.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by the Supreme Court to probe revelations in the Panama Papers leaks about the Sharif family's offshore assets submitted its final report after a two-month-long investigation during which it quizzed Sharif and members of his family.

He said there were many lacuanas in the report and the same would be highlighted before the court.

The minister said that the PML-N is still ready to fight the legal battle in the court and will demolish all accusations against the Sharif family, excercising all available legal options.

Several security persons were deployed in the federal capital during appearances of the PM's sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, Punjab chief minister Shabaz Sharif and Federal finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar. In the report submitted by JIT, it has been stated that Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan chairman Zafar Hijazi was involved in tampering records in order to favor Sharif's family. The apex court fixed July 10 as the day for receiving the report from the JIT.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government would contest the JIT report in the apex court, adding that the government has firm faith in the judiciary.

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The report said the role of off-shore companies is critical as they have been identified to be linked with their businesses in UK.

"There exists a significant disparity between the wealth declared by the respondents and the means through which the respondents had generated income from known or declared sources", the report said, according to a partial copy released to reporters.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan demanded immediate resignation of the prime minister.

He claimed that JIT members were biased, which was against the principles of justice. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London. She was previously thought to have gone scot free in the decision of the supreme court when they announced formation of the JIT.

"There is no need of further trial or proceedings".

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