JIT complains about obstacles; Hussain, Hassan Nawaz summoned again

JIT complains about obstacles; Hussain, Hassan Nawaz summoned again

Islamabad June 07 (TNS): Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia has confided to the Supreme Court that the probe team was facing hurdles in conducting a fair investigation into the Panama Papers scam involving the prime minister and his family.

Wajid Zia, who submitted a second fortnightly report regarding the money trail of the Sharif family to the Supreme Court, while talking to the media outside the Supreme Court said that the probe team will file a separate application against the perceptible hurdles and the threats being hurled at the JIT members.

The JIT submitted its fortnightly report to the Supreme Court Panama Papers’ implementation bench after grilling prime minister’s sons, Hussain Nawaz for the fourth time and Hassan Nawaz once.

Meanwhile, the JIT has summoned Hussain Nawaz for June 9 and Hassan Nawaz for June 10 to appear before the probe team to face further questioning.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the JIT about Hussain Nawaz’s leaked picture.

The directives were given during the hearing of the Panama Papers implementation proceedings.

The bench will hear the case on Monday.

Hussain Nawaz had submitted an application in the Supreme Court against his leaked picture and recording of the investigation proceedings.

“The leaked picture and recording the proceedings is a violation of the law and code of conduct,” the petition, submitted by Khawaja Harris, on behalf of Hussain Nawaz, said.

The petition equated video recording of the proceedings during the investigation a pressure tactic and stated that an independent atmosphere should be provided to the witnesses appearing before the probe team.

‘The JIT is treating witnesses as if they are guilty and JIT members are trying to threaten witnesses to record biased statements,” the petition said.

The petition has requested the court to order a ban to record the proceedings and form a commission to probe the leaked picture.