Panama case: Hassan Nawaz, Ishaq Dar to appear before JIT today

Panama case: Hassan Nawaz, Ishaq Dar to appear before JIT today

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the financial assets of Sharif family has summoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to appear before it today (Monday).

According to details, Dar will be appearing before the JIT at 3 pm. He will be appearing before the Supreme Court-constituted committee for the first time.

According to details, sources privy to development, Dar on Sunday received copies of his financial record from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) officials. Moreover, financial record of the finance minister is missing in the FBR record from the years, 2003-06.

Dar on Sunday prepared with FBR officials on the potential questions to be asked by the JIT officials.

“The summon notice issued on June 28 was received on Sunday, further adding that the minister did not receive any summon notice before,” a spokesperson of Finance Ministry confirmed.

The JIT has also called both sons of the Prime Minister Nawaz for further interrogation. Hassan Nawaz will appear before the team on July 3 (today) at 11:00 am, while Hussain Nawaz is due to appear on July 4.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz will make her first appearance before the team on July 5.

The team submitted its third and second-last fortnight inquiry report to the implementing bench on June 22.

While hearing the case, a three-member bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal and comprising Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan had directed the investigation team to file its final report by July 10 as the court did not want to give more time for investigation.

The Supreme Court decided to begin investigating the Sharif family in November last year after the main political parties failed to agree on a committee to probe the April 2016 Panama Papers leaks, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan threatened mass protests and to ‘shut down Islamabad’ in protest on November 2.

On April 20, the five-member Supreme Court bench gave its verdict in the case with the judgment split 3-2 in favour of a further probe against the premier’s family wealth. The other two judges had ruled that sufficient evidence was available for the prime minister to be de-seated.

The JIT – formed on May 6 – was given 60 days to complete its probe into the Sharif family’s international financial dealings and submit its report to the Supreme Court’s special implementation bench overseeing its proceedings.

The JIT team is headed by Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, and includes members from Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, SECP, State Bank of Pakistan and NAB.