Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

Todd Singleton
July 11, 2017

Nawaz Sharif landed in fresh trouble on Monday when a panel investigating corruption allegations against the Pakistan Prime Minister and his family in the Panama Papers leak case found "glaring disparities" between their known sources of income and their actual wealth in its final report submitted to the Supreme Court.

According to Express News' bureau chief Amir Ilyas Rana, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will challenge the report in the Supreme Court.

Sharif said that he had a public mandate to serve as the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a full five-year term, and this was so because the people firmly believed in his development-oriented policies.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) can not initiate contempt of court proceedings against an individual as that right lies only with the Supreme Court and the High Courts, said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan.

"Failure on the part of all Respondents to produce the requisite information confirming "known sources of income' is prima facie tantamount to not being ablento justify assets and the means of income", the report read".

The apex court fixed July 10 as the day for receiving the report from the JIT.

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Prime Minister's Special Assistant Asif Kirmani had already stressed again that the JIT report will have "no credibility" if does not include the statement of Qatari prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabar Al-Thani.

The bench has adjourned the hearing till Monday.

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family accused of illegally profiting from his position as PM during the 1990s.

The JIT has also probed several serving and former officials in connection with the case.

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

The top court took up the case in October past year on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami Muslim League and Jamaat-e-Islami and reserved the verdict in February after conducting hearings on a daily basis. Other Sharif family members who testified before the JIT included Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, premier's daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt (retd) Safdar, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

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