Govt not obstructing JIT investigation: Dar


Islamabad June 14 (TNS): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday told the National Assembly that the government was not obstructing the joint investigation team (JIT) in carrying out the probe in the Panama Papers case.

While responding to the allegations of the Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah, Dar said that the allegations were being leveled out of frustration to make the things suspicious.

Recently, the JIT head Wajid Zia told the Supreme Court Panama Papers implementation bench that state institutions were creating hurdles by tampering with records to favour the ruling family.

The JIT mainly complained against the law ministry, the National Accountability Bureau, the Federal Board of Revenue and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) accusing them of tampering with the records.

“I refute all such claims. I have never asked any of the two departments [SECP and FBR] to create obstacles, tamper with documents or not to produce the documents sought by the JIT,” Dar said assuring the House of the impartiality of the two departments falling under the Ministry of Finance.

Dar said that a plethora of papers have been sent to the probe team by the two departments on a request was made.

“I don’t know out of what frustration they [JIT] submitted that application to the apex court. But one thing is for sure that this matter is going to become further suspicious,” Dar added.

Earlier, Shah said the Pakistan People’s Party considers the JIT a part of the Supreme Court as the apex court had ordered it to probe the Panamagate Papers scam. He said that if powerful and influential attempted to conceal documents, the state will lose the authority and it will lead to anarchy in the country.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the state departments were hindering the investigation under a prearranged plan. “State departments which were directed by the Supreme Court to assist the JIT are deliberately creating hurdles in dispensation of justice,” he said before he interrupted by State Minister Abid Sher Ali, who almost resorted to personal attacks against the PTI leader.