Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

PTI chief talking to media in Islamabad

A six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the assets of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family has recommended registration of corruption case against him and his sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. "There are so many contradictions in this report anybody who reads it objectively will understand its true objective", he said.

The minister said that the PML-N is still ready to fight the legal battle in the court and will demolish all accusations against the Sharif family, excercising all available legal options. They faced accountability many times, including during the Pervez Musharraf era, but nothing could be proved against them, he added.

"No argument or substantial martial is part of the report", said Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal while addressing a press conference.

The Members of his family and last month Sharif, personally appeared before a Supreme Court, which appointed a team to investigate the family's offshore companies. We fail to understand as to what stopped the JIT to visit the palace and record the statement.

The JIT has observed major disparities in the finances of the Sharif family and their known and declared sources of income.

The Supreme Court had taken up the matter after it was petitioned by the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party regarding disclosures in the Panama Papers leaks about offshore assets owned by Sharif's three children.




The report said the role of off-shore companies is critical as they have been identified to be linked with their businesses in UK.

The JIT panel interrogated seven members of the Sharif family, including the Pakistan PM.

The court ordered that its copies should be provided to the parties in the case, including Sharif family.

The Supreme Court is due to review the findings and will convene a hearing into the allegations on July 17. Several assets have raised eyebrows which include four flats that cost million pounds in Park Lane, London, United Kingdom.

He added that PML-N and country's enemies will not succeed in their nefarious designs but this "JIT report will fail like Dharna One and Dharna Two".

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