By Aftab Chaudhary
Islamabad (June 16, 2017): Chief Minister Punjab will appear before Panamagate joint investigation team (JIT) in allegation of the government machinery is being misused to hamper its probe into the ruling family’s offshore assets, tomorrow, Saturday, just two days after the PM appearing before it.
Sources in the CM Secretariat have confirmed that Shehbaz has received summons from the JIT to appear before it at 11am to record his statement.
The stringent security arrangements have been made for the smooth proceeding of JIT during CM Punjab appearing before it.JIT meeting headed by Federal Investigation Agency’s Additional Director Wajid Zia has held at Judicial Academy and they prepared the questionnaire for the CM Punjab in the light of replies of PM sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz.
Sources informed that questionnaire for the Qatari Price is being prepared by the JIT, which will likely to go Qatar to record Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim statement.
JIT also reviewed the statements given by PM Nawaz Sharif before JIT and its documents he has submitted.
The JIT has already recorded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif statements on Thursday at Islamabad’s Judicial Academy – which is temporarily turned into the JIT’s secretariat and inquired him for more than two hours.
PM Nawaz Sharif son-in-law Captain (Ret) Safdar will also appear before the court on June 24.
The CM Punjab was director of Hudabiya Paper Mills (HPM) in 1999. He was the one who had made settlement with London-based Al-Towfeek Company the same year.
According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) documents, Shehbaz and his son Hamza were accused in the 17-year-old HPM scam.
Seventeen years ago, the NAB had claimed that the Sharif family had received over Rs1 billion ‘through illegal and fraudulent means’ and that they were liable to be tried under anti-corruption laws.
“There was an unexplained investment of Rs642.743m appearing in books of the HPM as share deposit money. The same belonged to the directors/shareholders and beneficial owners of the company which they had fraudulently amassed under the garb of foreign equity investment,” said the NAB final reference.