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PM Chair High Level Meeting, Decides Not to Step Down

Islamabad (July 11, 2017): Top PML-N officials met at PM House on Tuesday and decided that Prime Minister will not resign as the JIT report will be challenged in Supreme Courtbefore the next hearing of the Panama Papers leaks case.

According to the sources,  the meeting resolve that the Joint investigation Team (JIT) report was biased and it will be faced through legal way.

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“PML-N will face it in political ground as well and a public contact campaign will be started soon,” the meeting decided.

In this connection, the prime minister directed his legal team to be prepared to move the apex court before the next hearing to be held on July 17.

The prime minister stated this while chairing a consultative meeting held at the PM House to mull government’s response in the Supreme Court over the JIT report.The meeting also decided to chalk out a strategy to give an effective response to political rivals.

Top legal brains of the party, federal ministers, Attorney General and other advisers attended the meeting.The prime minister was briefed on various legal aspects of the final report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that was presented to the SC on Monday.

The six-member JIT submitted its final report to the three-member implementation bench on the Panama verdict, suggesting filing of a reference against the premier and his children. The findings also confirmed Maryam Nawaz Sharif as the real and beneficial owner of the BVI Companies namely Nielsen Enterprises Limited and Nescol Limited and owner of Avenfield properties in 2012 and before.It was revealed that the financial structure and health of companies in Pakistan having linkage to the respondents also do not substantiate the wealth declared by the respondents and there exists a significant disparity between the wealth declared by the respondent and the means though which the respondent had generated income from known/declared sources.Despite calls from the opposition parties for prime minister’s resignation, the PML-N rejected the report and vowed to contest it before the apex court to fulfill the requirements of justice, and expose its contradictions and biased findings.

A similar meeting was held yesterday by the prime minister after the report was submitted to the Supreme Court.

The JIT, in its final probe report into the Sharif family’s assets, held that the prime minister and his three children — Maryam, Hussain and Hasan — have accumulated wealth beyond their own known sources of income.

The next hearing of the case is on July 17.

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