Govt institutions tampering with record: JIT tells SC

JIT complains about obstacles; Hussain, Hassan Nawaz summoned again

Islamabad June 12 (TNS): The Supreme Court on Monday sought a reply from the Attorney General of Pakistan on a petition of the Joint Investigation Team investigating the Panama Papers that said some government institutions were tampering with the record and putting hurdles to the probe in providing relevant records.

The Supreme Court special implementation headed by Ejaz Afzal Khan also asked Hussain Nawaz’scounsel Khawaja Haris to submit a reply after examining the JIT application .

Hussain Nawaz had recently also petitioned the Supreme Court against the JIT after a picture of him was leaked in the media He had pleaded the court to bar the JIT from recording its proceedings.

During the hearing, JIT head Wajid Zia said that the bench the probe will not be able to complete its investigation within 60 days if the government institutions continued to put hurdles.

The bench observed that if hurdles were created in the work of the JIT, they will not be able to complete their probe in time.

To this, the additional attorney general replied that the JIT has no issues if the report was shared with the petitioner’s counsel.

During the hearing, Justice Ejaz stated that the JIT has rejected most of the accusations levelled by the petitioner, adding that ‘who leaked the picture and what action was taken against those responsible’ has been mentioned by the JIT in the report.

Justice Ejaz observed that Hussain’s counsel should look at the JIT’s response if the Attorney General Office has no objections.

When the petitioner’s counsel objected to the recording of JIT proceedings, the bench observed that there was no bar on recording proceedings, adding that the recording was carried out to produce transcripts before compiling a report.

The bench sought a reply from the AG Office over the JIT’s objections and adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.

Sources said the JIT has completed its probe into the leaking of Hussain’s picture by conducting inquiries against personnel responsible for the JIT secretariat’s security and the responsibility has been fixed.