PM holds consultative meeting prior to JIT appearance


Islamabad June 15 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level consultative session prior to his departure to the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) to face the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the Panama Papers case.


Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and others attended the meeting.


Dar briefed the premier over the documents he will be taking along with him.


Sources said that the prime minister held consultations with the top aides on political situation in the country and his appearance before the JIT. PM Nawaz said he believes in the supremacy of the constitution and the law and that was why he was appearing before the JIT to fulfill the legal requirements.


Nawaz Sharif expressed the confidence that like in the past, he would come clean after facing the inquiry.



The JIT is probing the premier’s family’s global money trail in the light of the Supreme Court’s April 20 judgment in the Panama Papers case.


Extraordinary security arrangements had been put in place in and around the academy, where the JIT secretariat is based.


The Islamabad Police along with Rangers and other law enforcement personnel had drawn  up a special security and traffic plan for the premier’s visit.

A total of 2,668 security personnel, including 400 from the FC and 180 from the Punjab Rangers, have been deployed for the event. A security cordon was put in place around the building, with special entry for the media only.


Additional deployments were made at the entry points of Islamabad where checking was increased.


The Islamabad Traffic Police implemented a special traffic plan, and personnel have been deployed to guide the traffic.


A bullet-proof dais has been erected in front of the academy, where the premier was expected to address the media after facing the JIT.