ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT), constituted by the Supreme Court to probe businesses and financial dealings of the Sharif family, has issued summons to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it, the PM House confirmed on Sunday.
The PM House, in a statement issued to media, confirmed having received summons from the JIT and said the prime minister would appear before it on June 15.
The investigation team has summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday, June 15. The premier has been asked to come to the Federal Judicial Academy – temporary headquarters of the JIT – at 11 am on Thursday, along with relative record and documents, according to the letter sent to the PM House by the Panama case JIT.
Speaking to Geo News, State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb also confirmed the development. She said the prime minister has been presenting financial records of last three generations and he would appear before the investigation team on Thursday.
The JIT probing the global financial dealings of the prime minister’s family has recently been mired in controversy, with subjects of the investigation accusing it of being biased and indulging in character assassination.
Recently, the JIT, headed by Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, too informed the Supreme Court Panama case implementation bench of ‘hurdles’ being faced by them.
The apex court has reiterated repeatedly that the high-profile probe team will not be given more than the 60-day time frame given to it to wrap up the investigation in light of the April 20 Supreme Court judgment in the Panama case.
Earlier in the day, PM Sharif presided a key consultation meeting in Jati Umrah, which pondered over proceedings of the Panama case JIT.
The prime minister was briefed by his team of lawyers and legal experts, while the meeting held consultation over JIT proceedings to the date.
Sources further informed the legal experts also apprised the prime minister of appearances of his sons, Hassan and Hussain, and petitions filed by Saeed Ahmed.
PM Sharif has already assured of his full cooperation pertaining to Panama case, so that the matter ongoing for one-and-a-half year could reach a conclusion.
His son, Hussain Nawaz has appeared five times before the JIT, while Hassan Nawaz has appeared twice.