Ruling party rejects Panama JIT report

Ruling party rejects Panama JIT report

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday evening, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said the report is a compilation of allegations hurled by political opponents of the PML-N.

The report consist of the details of grilling sessions with members of Sharif family including the statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, children Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz Sharif, son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, cousin Tariq Shafi, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, besides other relevant witnesses.

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.

A senior leader from Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, Daniyal Aziz, said full cooperation to investigators, has been extended by the Prime Minister and his family. According to sources, the JIT's report has been shared with Prime Minister Sharif by Attorney General and his legal teams.

He said there were many lacuanas in the report and the same would be highlighted before the court.

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"Failure on the part of all respondents to produce the requisite information confirming "known sources of income" is [.] tantamount to not being able to justify assets and the means of income", read the conclusion of the report, a partial copy of which was obtained.

The case was heard after petitions were filed by opposition parties that even included cricketer-turned -politician Imran Khan's Tehrik-i-Insaf which wanted Sharif to be disqualified for not declaring money trail and the top court in the country had asked JIT to probe into the money trail.

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.

The Supreme Court is due to review the findings and will convene a hearing into the allegations on July 17.

It also probed several serving and former officials. She was previously thought to have gone scot free in the decision of the supreme court when they announced formation of the JIT.

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