After five appearances, Sharif's son hopes no more JIT appearance

Geneva Matthews
June 12, 2017

The Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it will be unable to complete its probe in the given 60-day time period due to "difficulties" created by some state institutions.

The case relates to the "Panama Papers" leaked a year ago that revealed the prime minister's three children - Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain and his daughter Maryam - owned offshore companies incorporated in Panama and properties in London. The summon was issued to Sharif, 67, after he returned from his Kazakhstan visit where he attended 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.

Following the development, the prime minister met his close aides in Jati Umra in Lahore Sunday morning and discussed the issue in detail.

The prime minister's elder son recently petitioned the Supreme Court against the JIT after a picture of him during the interrogation was leaked in the media.

The case stems from documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm, showing that Nawaz Sharif 's daughter, Maryum Nawaz, and his two sons owned offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy properties in London.

He said Prime Minister will make a history by testifying before JIT on Thursday.

In April, the Supreme Court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to remove Sharif from office on the back of Panama Papers leaks, but it ordered further investigations.

The six-member JIT had also prepared an inquiry report on the Hussain Nawaz photo leak, which was submitted to the bench.

It is for the first time that a sitting prime minister is appearing before a high-level probe team traditionally constituted to investigate high-profile criminal cases.

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