Panama Papers case: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to appear before probe panel

Published: 08:30 GMT, Jun 12, 2017 |

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in connection with the Panama Papers probe into his family’s assets, Pakistani media reported today.

Sharif on Thursday (June 15) will become the first sitting Pakistani Prime Minister to appear before an investigating agency.

On June 8, the team issued summons asking Sharif “to appear on Thursday, June 15 at 11 am, at the office of the JIT, Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad”.

The summons also instructed the Prime Minister to “kindly bring along relevant record/documents/material” related to the Panama Papers case which will entail nearly all the documents and evidence submitted before the Supreme Court by Sharif’s counsel, Makhdoom Ali Khan.

Sources said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar may also be questioned by the team before Sharif’s appearance.

In its judgement of April 20 in the Panama Papers case, the Supreme Court had constituted the JIT and empowered it to summon the Prime Minister, his sons and any other person necessary, to investigate allegations of money-laundering, through which the four apartments in London’s Park Lane area were purchased.

On June 2, the Prime Minister’s youngest son Hassan Nawaz appeared before the six-member probe team headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General Wajid Zia.