Nawaz Sharif Panama Papers case: Pakistan Supreme Court for JIT probe into family money trail

The court ordered a Joint Investigation Team to probe the case and submit its report in sixty days.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 3:41 pm
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In a temporary relief for Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his three children, the five-judge Supreme Court bench, constituted to pass judgment in the Panama Papers case, split their verdict 3-2. Only two judges submitted dissenting notes against Sharif, while three others were in favour of a JIT probe. The top court ordered to set up a Joint Investigation Team with in a week to probe the allegations against the Sharif family and submit a detailed report within sixty days. It also ordered Sharif’s two sons — Hasan and Hussain — to appear before the JIT. The five-judge bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued the landmark judgement 57 days after concluding the hearing.

Addressing reporters outside the court, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said: “They have said what the PM already said in his letter ─ that a commission should be constituted to investigate the matter.”

“We are ready for all kinds of investigation,” Asif said. “It has been established today that any evidence or sacrifices given by our opponents in the SC were not enough. We have succeeded.”

The court also ordered that it was important to probe how money was transferred to Qatar. The five bench also criticised the NAB Chairman who failed to carry out his duty. It said that he was unwilling to perform his duties. It also said DG Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) failed to probe white collar crimes. Sharif’s supporters hailed the decisions as a victory of
justice.

On January 4, legal proceedings were initiated against Sharif’s family members under a reconstituted five-judge Supreme Court bench. The case deals with Sharif’s children — Maryam, Hasan and Hussain Nawaz — amassing unaccounted wealth in eight offshore accounts set up in tax havens. The money from these accounts was allegedly used to purchase four prime properties in London. The issue first came to light when documents belonging to Mossack Fonseca, a law firm that helped high profile individuals set up shell companies, were leaked.

Ahead of the verdict, the country’s capital was put on “red alert”. Around 1,500 security personnel were deployed in and around Islamabad’s Red Zone, the Dawn reported. Security forces are keeping a strict vigil on all the entry and exit points at the zone.

with PTI inputs

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First Published on: April 20, 2017 2:49 pm
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    Jawad
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    stan judiciary is one of the corrupt judiciary like their political leader. Nawaz is politician. No body can touch him. Inspite of all the proves against Nawaz he is still PM.
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      Shahid
      Apr 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm
      And in our country goverment is dolling out adverti t money to these Panama Bacchans.
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        SP
        Apr 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm
        Why stani courts are chasing tails of horse, when you can see the head. IT should have courage to ask PM to step down and face investigation.
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          SHAKEEL
          Apr 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm
          PAK ZINDABAD..GREAT SC.
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            Jawad
            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm
            Your Maulanas, Politican and Judiciary all are corrupt. Your country is stigma on the name of Umma.
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            SHAKEEL
            Apr 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm
            Respected SC court has made good decision to promote democracy in STAN. THE GREAT STAN.. We have proud to have such Judiciary.
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              laxman
              Apr 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm
              when will be amitabh bacchan ajay devgan prosecuted by indian courts in panama case or hand over them to same court of pak to save time
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                NAZIA
                Apr 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm
                bargain setup. there is no such thing as justice in stan speacially for politicians of such level. its all bull to show the world that stan has democracy, i am national of stan and shame to say decision by supreme court is supreme bull .
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                  secure
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                  stan Justice system is far superior than Indian justice system. The world and 80 Indians are considering that Justice system of Indian has hijack by BJP/RSS goons in view of this, considered failed.
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                    Unsecure
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                    What a thought provoking comment? It is unfortunate the world thinks it stan is run by religious fundamentalists, corrupt thugs and terrorists.
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                      secure
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 1:20 am
                      R you talking about India Jungle Raj where humans are less value than COW.
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                    Sham
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm
                    We all are proud of the working of our democracy & of an independent judicial system. This news item shows that judiciary is functioning in stan, where a sitting PM's family has to answer before the country's highest court. I ask, why in India the political leaders and their families are still treated with velvet gloves, when they are caught in huge corruption scams. Can some one tell me, why the Herald Tribune case against Sonia & Co is not progressing, why still no action again Vadra, why no action against Mayawati & her son, why... The list can be very long. But no answer!
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                      APPAVOO S
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm
                      They have SOMETHING TO HIDE,including the Tardy Judges.So its CATCH 42 situation
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