Rehman Malik skips JIT summons

 
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Rehman Malik skips JIT summons

Islamabad June 12 (TNS): In an interesting development, Pakistan People’s Party leader and Senator Rehman Malik has excused himself from appearing before the Joint Investigation team (JIT) — investigating the Panama Papers case —at the moment due to his current engagements abroad.

The JIT had summoned Malik to appear before it on June 13 but his spokesperson, Riaz Ali Turi, said on Monday that the senator was not currently in Pakistan.

In a statement Turi said that the JIT issued a letter on June 10, summoning Malik to appear before the probe team on June 13, however, Rehman Malik was travelling abroad related to the PPP’s overseas affairs and meetings with foreign leaders.

Turi claimed that Malik will cut short his visit to appear before the JIT soon. According to Turi, Senator Malik has requested the JIT for a short adjournment and a new date for his appearance.

The senator’s name is among the over 200 Pakistanis exposed by Panama Papers for owning offshore holdings. However, he claims the real question is whether or not Pakistani laws have been violated and what should be the legal course against such people.

The senator’s name is among the over 200 Pakistanis exposed by Panama Papers for owning offshore holdings. However, he claims the real question is whether or not Pakistani laws have been violated and what should be the legal course against such people.

On April 21, 2016, Senator Rehman Malik released 11 questions for the people of Pakistan, the legal fraternity and the world, requesting intellectuals and media persons to generate a meaningful debate on the issue of Panama Leaks and had questioned the United Nations’ total silence on the violation of its own charter by its member states.

“The issue is not an ordinary one that could be ignored but we need to have a deep look into it using different parameters,” he had stated while releasing 11 questions on the Panama Papers.