Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

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The News penned that investigation cleared Nawaz Sharif of all charges but found his two sons Hussain and Hassan guilty of failing to provide money trail, however, the report wasn't confirmed.

The Supreme Court said the petitioners and Sharif's family would be provided copies of the JIT's report. "We will demolish this report".

The minister went on to declare the report as "Imran Nama" (political narrative of PTI chairman).

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.

He said that the Supreme Court bench will consign the report to a "trash bin, where it rightfully belongs". He is the sole defense witness in the money laundering case against the Sharif family.

However, JIT chief Zia asked the court that its 10th volume of the report should not be made public as it consists of correspondence with a foreign government.

"Nawaz Sharif has no moral standing left", Khan told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

According to local media, the JIT has observed major disparities in the finances of the Sharif family and their known and declared sources of income and has recommended action under NAB Ordinance 1999.

Members of his family - and last month Sharif, personally - have appeared before a Supreme Court-appointed team investigating the family's offshore companies.

The top court took up the case in October a year ago on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami Muslim League and Jamaat-e-Islami and reserved the verdict in February after conducting hearings on a daily basis.

During the course of the investigation, those who will be present before the JIT include Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the prime minister.

Hearing the plea of Hussain Nawaz regarding formation of a judicial commission to probe leaking of his photograph, taken during his appearance before the JIT, the bench observed that the government could form a commission on the issue, if it deemed so.

  • Terrell Bush