PM Nawaz in the dock

PM Nawaz in the dock

Islamabad June 12 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is all set to appear before the Joint Investigation Agency (JIT) — formed by the Supreme Court to probe the alleged money allegations against the Sharif family — on June 15 to testify before the probe body.

The JIT appearance makes the prime minister the first elected representative and the chief minister executive in the checkered political history of the country show up before any investigating agency.

The summons was issued by the JIT on June 8, asking the premier “to appear and associate with the JIT on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 1100 hours, at the office of the JIT, Federal Judicial Academy, Service Road South, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad”.

The JIT has also asked the prime minister to “kindly bring along relevant record/documents/material” the PM had submitted to the Supreme Court during the hearing of the Panama Papers case.

Call-up Notice by the joint investigation team (JIT)

The JIT has been empowered in the light of the April 20 judgment of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case to investigate the prime minister, his sons and any other person in the alleged money-laundering, which led to the purchase of four apartments by the Sharif family in London’s Park Lane.

The JIT had summoned Ishaq Dar, who had recorded an affidavit statement before the NAB against the Sharif brothers over their alleged involvement in money-laundering, but he did not show up and it is highly likely that he will appear before the JIT prior to the prime minister’s appearance.

Later, Dar disowned his statement, saying it was recorded under duress. The JIT has taken Dar’s statement seriously and summoned some people Dar allegedly used for money-laundering. These individuals included National Bank of Pakistan president Saeed Ahmed and Kashif Mehmood Qazi, a British citizen, who, however, refused to appear bore the probe team, fearing for his life.

Ahmed has complained about the JIT’s rude and callous behaviour, which treated him as a convict.

Prime Minister’s sons, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz have already recorded their statement five and two times respectively. Hussain Nawaz after appearing before the JIT had told the media that the JIT and their detractors have no evidence against the Sharif family over their alleged involvement in the money-laundering case.