Supreme Court Orders To Form JIT To Investigate Sharif’s Family In Panama Leaks
ISLAMABAD, 20 April: The Supreme Court on Thursday announced the much-awaited verdict of Panama Leaks Case against the ruling Sharif Family and ordered to form a Joint Investigation Team (IJT) to probe money trail of Sharif family.
The apex court five member larger bench said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Hassan and Hussain Nawaz would appear before the JIT.
In its 540 pages ruling, the apex court said that JIT would report to the bench after every two weeks and would complete the report in 60 days. The ruling was announced by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa whereas other members included Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan were also present on the occasion.
The JIT would be including representatives from Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Federal Investigation Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and National Accountability Burueau and would be headed by a director-general level FIA officer.
The JIT would start its proceedings in next seven days and a supreme court bench would formulate the JIT. Justice Asif Saeed and justice Gulzar Ahmed also had a dissenting opinion regarding formation of a JIT.
The final decision of supreme court would be based on the report finalized by JIT’ stated the judgment.
Two of the five judges- Justice Asif Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed- had a dissenting opinion and branding Sharif “dishonest” and saying he should be disqualified.
The judges observed that an investigation was still needed to probe money trail regarding Qatari investment.