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SC Constitutes Bench to examine JIT Final Report on Monday

Islamabad (July 6, 2017): The Supreme Court of Pakistan has constituted three-member bench headed by Justice Aijaz Afzal to review the final findings of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed for probing Sharif family wealth abroad.

The three-member bench in its hearing,  which will be held on July 10, will get a review of JIT final reports while Attorney General will present the government stance over the issue along with FIA’s inquiry report regarding tempering of SECP record.

On June 22, the three members bench has directed the JIT members to complete their work till July 10.

On April 20, the Supreme Court had, by a majority verdict of three to two, ordered the constitution of the JIT to probe the assets of the prime minister and his children.

However, the minority judges — Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed — in their dissenting notes had disqualified the prime minister for not being honest before the nation, parliament and the court.

At the last hearing on May 3, the SC special bench on implementation of the Panama Papers judgement had summoned the SECP chairman and acting governor of the SBP for Friday after expressing dissatisfaction over the representation sent by the two state institutions.

On May 6, the Sup­reme Court had formed the much-awaited six-member joint investigation team (JIT), headed by a senior officer of the Federal Investigation Agency, to probe allegations stemming from the Panama Papers leaks about assets of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children.

After considering the background and antecedents of the officer, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan appointed FIA’s Additional Director General Wajid Zia, a grade 21 officer, as head of the probe team.

Other members of the JIT are: Amer Aziz of the State Bank of Pakistan, Executive Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Bilal Rasool, National Accountability Bureau Director Irfan Naeem Mangi, Brig Muha­mmad Nauman Saeed of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Brig Kamran Khurshid of the Military Intelligence.

Earlier, the meeting of the joint investigation team probing Sharif family’s offshore holdings has started at Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) in Islamabad on Thursday.

Sources said that following the completing recording statements and questioning high profile personalities including Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf and his children, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Shairf and others, the JIT had started preparing its final report.

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