Special bench hears JIT’s account on ‘hurdles’, leaked picture | Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The special implementation bench of the Supreme Court is hearing issues related to the working of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the Panama case today.

The bench — headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justices Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Ijazul Ahsan — is perusing the reply of the JIT on a petition submitted by the premier’s elder son, Hussain Nawaz, as well as the JIT’s application on its own ‘hurdles’ in the high-profile probe.

Hussain recently petitioned the Supreme Court against the JIT after a picture of him during the interrogation was leaked in the media. He pleaded the court to bar the JIT from recording its proceedings.

Sources said the JIT has completed its probe into the leaking of Hussain’s picture by conducting inquiries against personnel responsible for the JIT secretariat’s security as well as CCTV recording.  

Moreover, at an earlier hearing, the bench had directed the head of the JIT, Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, to submit in writing the hurdles being faced by the JIT after Zia mentioned them at the hearing.

Several officials and members of the Sharif family, including National Bank of Pakistan President Saeed Ahmad and the premier’s relative Tariq Shafi, have accused the JIT of maltreatment. 

The JIT — formed on May 6 in light of the Supreme Court’s April 20 judgment in the Panama case — has 60 days to complete its investigation into the prime minister’s family’s financial dealings abroad. 

PM summoned on June 15 

The PM House, in a statement issued to the media on Sunday night, confirmed having received summons from the JIT and said the prime minister would appear before it on June 15.

The JIT has already questioned the premier’s elder son five times and his younger son, Hassan Nawaz, twice. 

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