ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz, will submit his response on the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s report over ‘impediments’ faced by it as well as leaking of Hussain’s interrogation picture in the Supreme Court today.
At the last hearing on Monday, the special implementation bench of the court had directed Hussain’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, to peruse the report which had been submitted by the JIT after the petitioner approached the court against the leaking of his picture. The report also included ‘impediments’ faced by the JIT in its probe of the Sharif family’s financial dealings, as instructed by the court earlier.
The attorney general is also expected to submit his response to the JIT’s charges today.
Since Monday’s hearing, the JIT report was leaked to the media and stirred up a controversy as it accused the petitioner of having mala fide intentions and several government organisations of creating hurdles in the high-profile probe by tampering records and pressuring witnesses as well as the investigators.
The report cast the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Law, Intelligence Bureau and National Accountability Bureau in a negative light by accusing them of impeding the investigation in various ways.
Regarding the leaking of Hussain’s picture, the JIT said it took action within 24 hours of the picture’s circulation in the media. It stated that necessary action was taken against the official responsible for the leak, who was reverted to his parent department and punished accordingly.
The investigation into the Sharif family assets is taking what could be considered its most significant turn, with the prime minister expected to appear before the JIT on Thursday (tomorrow).
Till now, Hussain has appeared five times before the JIT whereas his younger brother, Hassan, has done so twice.
Media reports on Tuesday also stated that the JIT has summoned the premier’s brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, on Saturday.