PML-N leaders voice concern over JIT proceedings without Qatari Prince’s statement


Islamabad, July 8 (TNS): Prominent leaders of ruling party on Saturday expressed reservations on the conduct of the Joint Investigation Team saying PML-N would not accept the report of probe body without a testimony of Qatari Prince.

The joint news conference by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi came two days before the JIT is scheduled to submit its findings in the Supreme Court bench.

Minister for Water and Power Kawaja Asif says the PML-N will not accept JIT report in Panama papers case if Qatari prince is not make part of the investigation.

“Why has the JIT team not visited Doha [to verify the authenticity of a letter sent by Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber alThani],” Asif asked while speaking at the presser.

“There have been many instances when investigation teams went abroad, including the cases of [American journalist] Mark Siegel and [former military ruler Pervez] Musharraf,” he added.

Addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that PML-N does not fleeing from accountability if it is conducted on the base of solid evidences.

Speaking on the occasion, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq said PML-N has reservations on the composition of the JIT as two members of the probe body have anti-PML-N designs.

Rafique went a step further and questioned the impartiality of the JIT. “We had reservations on the representatives of sensitive agencies on the JIT,” he said.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said gone are the days when backdoor was used to come to power.

The ministers came down hard on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan for agitating against the government and making fuss about the Panama Papers. “Imran Khan had been defeated in the political arena and he had inflicted huge losses on the national economy by staging a dharna in 2014,” said Ahsan.