Ruling party rejects Panama JIT report

Kristen Gonzales
July 11, 2017

Iqbal, while announcing that his party will challenge the report before the apex court, said, "We not only condemn this report but will completely expose and unveil its contradictions and falsification before the Supreme Court". "JIT report is ridiculous and it refreshed the Musharraf era when he made the reference against Nawaz Sharif without any concrete evidence", he said, adding that though Hassan and Hussain didn't live in Pakistan, country's laws were applied on them. They faced accountability many times, including during the Pervez Musharraf era, but nothing could be proved against them, he added.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the report is a "compilation of allegations" hurled by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Imran was also of the opinion that since the JIT report has proven Maryam Nawaz is the owner of the Mayfair flats, it clearly reveals that her father had laundered the money in her name. The JIT will submit its final report to the Supreme Court on Monday.

Commenting on the report, Daniyal Aziz said his party will go through it and then would give a final reaction.

According to local media, the JIT has observed major disparities in the finances of the Sharif family and their known and declared sources of income and has recommended action under NAB Ordinance 1999.

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The opposition seized on the allegations, however, with cricket legend-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan calling on Sharif to "immediately step down".

Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani is the prime defence of PM Nawaz Sharif in the case as the Prince has supported the Sharifs money trail through two separate letters.

There was no confirmation of the report as the court adjourned the hearing till next Monday.

The six-member JIT was set up in May by the Supreme Court with the mandate to probe the Sharif family for allegedly failing to provide the trail of money used to buy properties in London in 1990s.

The probe team consists of 6 officials from the National Accountability Bureau, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) headed by Director General FIA Wajid Zia.

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