N rejects JIT's report on Panama Papers case submitted in SC

Posted July 11, 2017

It is pertinent to note here that PML-N leaders Khawaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal and Barrister Zafarullah did a press conference and not only rejected the JIT report but termed it Dharna three (a continuation of sit-ins by PTI) and accused the JIT members of not sticking to their mandate and expediting the investigation to the extent of becoming a trial court itself.

Iqbal said the report was based on accusations leveled by Imran and his party and there was nothing new in it.

According to the 254-page report submitted in the apex court on Monday, Sharif family has failed to produce the money trail of their assets in London and means of income. Besides his three children, the panel questioned his daughter Maryam's husband Muhammad Safdar Awan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is related to the Prime Minister's family through marriage.

The JIT has found that the assets of all four are more than the sources of their income and said that they were unable to provide substantive evidence of a reliable money trail.

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The Federal Investigation Agency had informed the court over the weekend that its inquiry had found Hijazi guilty of tampering records of SECP's probe into the Chaudhry Sugar Mills, owned by the Sharif family.

He said that the party's lawyers were analysing the report from every angle. "We hope the Supreme Court bench will send this report into the trash bin ... to where it rightfully belongs", he concluded. He said our legal team is reviewing the report and will submit its arguments in the apex court. "There are so many contradictions in this report anybody who reads it objectively will understand its true goal", he said.

The JIT had reservations regarding the significant gap and disparity among the known and declared the source of income and the wealth accumulated have been observed, said the JIT document.

He claimed that JIT members were biased, which was against the principles of justice.

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Sharif also asked Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan "not to hide behind the JIT" to conspire against him and challenged the cricketer-turned-politician to compete with him in elections.

It also probed several serving and former officials.

He also resorted to personal attacks against members of the JIT, accusing them of being anti-PML-N.

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