Qatari price ‘summons’ JIT members


Islamabad July 8 (TNS): While refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, defiant Qatari Prince Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani has asked the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) — probing the Sharif family over money-laundering charges in the Panama Papers case — to visit his palace in Doha to record his statement before drawing up a final report.

The Qatari prince through a second letter has also reportedly asked the JIT to intimate him about the members, who will be visiting him, and the date of their arrival for recording his statement.

On April 20, the Supreme Court tasked the JIT to ascertain the authenticity of the Qatari prince’s letters, which were produced by the Sharif family during the proceedings of the Panama Papers case by a five-member bench.

Earlier, the JIT had asked the Qatari prince to either appear in person before it in Islam¬abad or testify through a video link from Pakistan’s embassy in Doha.

It reminded the Qatari prince that after submitting the letter to the apex court he had accepted the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and could not unilaterally withdraw the jurisdiction.

The Qatari prince has reportedly made it clear to the JIT that he never accepted the jurisdiction of the Pakistan’s Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court Panama Papers’ implementation bench has hinted that the Qatari prince’s letter, which the Sharif family had produced in the apex court, would be thrown in the dustbin if the prince did not verify the content of the letter.