Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday arrived at Federal Judicial Academy to appear before the joint investigation team probing Panamagate case.
The Punjab chief minister reached the secretariat amid tight security days after PM Nawaz Sharif and his nephews, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, were also called in for interrogation.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Shehbaz’s son Hamza Shahbaz accompanied him as he arrived at the secretariat.
The chief minister waved his hand to PML-N workers who had gathered outside the FJA building. He is likely to address the media after his appearance before the JIT.
Before his arrival at the academy, Shehbaz chaired a meeting at Punjab House to discuss the impending visit to the probing committee.
Almost a similar security arrangement was in place around the vicinity of FJA building that was provided when PM Nawaz appeared before the JIT on June 15. Islamabad Traffic Police devised a special traffic plan for the day and three major connecting roads in the area leading to the FJA are closed for traffic. The ITP have created several alternative routes and diversion points for traffic in the area.
Around 2,500 personnel of Punjab Police, FC, and Rangers have been deputed in the area.
Earlier, the Punjab government clarified that Shehbaz has not been ‘summoned’ rather he has been called to assist the JIT on June 17 for his acquaintance with details of Hudabiya Paper Mill case.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Culture Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan denied media reports of JIT summoning Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on June 17 and said the chief minister has been called up by the JIT. He said Shehbaz was called to provide details of the Hudabiya Paper Mill case to a six-member JIT, headed by Federal Investigation Agency’s Additional Director General Wajid Zia.
He said only accused or co-accused could be summoned whereas anybody with the knowledge that could help the investigation move forward can only be called before the JIT for assistance.
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