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Nawaz Sharif to become first Pakistani PM to appear before judicial commission

Nawaz Sharif is set to become the first sitting Prime Minister to appear before any investigating agency, when he appears on Thursday before the joint investigation team (JIT), constituted to probe money-laundering allegations against his family.

Jun 14, 2017
Nawaz Sharif is set to become the first sitting Prime Minister to appear before any investigating agency, when he appears on Thursday before the joint investigation team (JIT), constituted to probe money-laundering allegations against his family. The development will make him the first incumbent to appear before such a panel, let alone one probing allegations of financial irregularities or fraud against nearly his entire family, going back three generations.
 
The summons was issued by the JIT on June 8, 2017 and asked the PM “to appear and associate with the JIT on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 1100 hours, at the office of the JIT, Federal Judicial Academy, Service Road South, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad”.
 
The JIT’s summons also reminded the PM to “kindly bring along relevant record/documents/material” related to the Panama Papers case. This will entail nearly all the documents and evidence submitted before the Supreme Court by the PM’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan.
 
In its judgement of April 20 in the Panama Papers case, the Supreme Court had constituted a JIT and empowered it to summon the prime minister, his sons and any other person necessary, to investigate allegations of money-laundering, through which the four apartments in London’s Park Lane area were allegedly purchased.
 
Insiders said the six-member investigation team, headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) additional director general Wajid Zia, has issued another summons to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
 
Before this, only Prime Ministers Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf have ever been summoned by a judicial forum, i.e. the Supreme Court. Ashraf was a respondent in the rental power case before NAB, but never personally appeared before investigators while in office.

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