Panamagate JIT inquiry report submitted in Pakistan’s apex court

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Panama Leaks JIT Report

By Muhammad Luqman
The Joint Investigation Team (JIP) probing allegations of money laundering against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, Monday submitted its report before the three- member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan..
The bench, comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Ejaz Afzal, after examination of the report, asked for transcripts of all speeches made in the last 60 days by PML-N’s Talal Chaudhry, Railways Minister Saad Rafique, and the PM’s Special Assistant on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani, presumably to examine them for contemptuous content.
Justices Saeed, Afzal and Ahsan are the three judges who exercised restraint in their judgements on the Panamagate case, whereas Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed issued the dissenting notes in the judgement.
The apex court also ordered the registration of a criminal case against Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Chairman Zafar Hijazi to find out who was behind tampering the records of businesses owned by the Sharif family.
The bench also ordered that the name and institution of the individual responsible for leaking a photo of Hussain Nawaz sitting before the JIT should be made public, according to media reports.
The matter does not fall within the SC’s jurisdiction, so the government may form a commission to probe the matter, the court said.
The bench also took a strict stand against a newspaper for publishing material it said was contrary to actual JIT proceedings over the past 60 days.
The SC ordered the filing of a contempt of court notice against the printer, publisher and reporter of a story entitled “Panama JIT ‘doesn’t find PM guilty,’ but his sons”, which appeared in The News on Monday, July 10.
Earlier, members of the JIT had arrived at the apex court amid tight security provided by Islamabad Capital Territory Police. Large cardboard boxes labelled ‘Evidence’ were carted into the SC as the JIT made their way into court.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned till July 17.

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