Panama Papers: Pak probe panel files final report on Sharif

RSTV Bureau

Nawaz-Sharif-Pakistan-PM-JITA joint investigation team probing corruption charges against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family , in connection with the Panama Papers scandal, has submitted its final report to the Supreme Court.

A three-judge special bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan will examine the final report and decide further course of action. The court had reserved the verdict in February 2016, after conducting hearings on a daily basis.

Besides other evidence, the report will include statements of Prime Minister Sharif, his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, his children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Sharif, and also his son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar.

The JIT also probed several serving and former officials in connection with the case.

The six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was set up in May by the Supreme Court with the mandate to probe the Sharif family for allegedly failing to provide the trail of money used to buy properties in London in 1990s.

In 2016, the Panama Papers revealed that three of Sharif’s children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family’s wealth statement. The assets included four expensive flats in Park Lane in London.

The Supreme Court took up the case in October 2016, on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami Muslim League and Jamaat-e-Islami.

(With inputs from agencies)