'Govt to file reference against JIT report'

Posted July 11, 2017

Every contradiction will not only be contested but decimated in SC. He said the JIT has failed to record the statement of the most important witness in the case.

The JIT had reservations regarding the significant gap and disparity among the known and declared the source of income and the wealth accumulated have been observed, said the JIT document.

Respondent 1 refers to Prime Minister Sharif; Respondent 6 was Maryam; Respondent 7 Hussain; while Respondent 8 was Hassan.

The report alleged that there was "irregular movement of huge amounts in shape of loans and gifts" to Sharif's family and Pakistan Based companies from the companies based in Saudi Arabia, UAE and the UK.

The report said the role of off-shore companies is critical as they have been identified to be linked with their businesses in UK.

In a meeting after the submission of final report regarding Panamagate probe in Supreme Court, top PML-N leadership has advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to resign, sources told ARY News on Monday.

During the meeting, attended by Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz and senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, Prime Minister Sharif gave policy guidelines on aligning the country's foreign policy with new demands and reaffirmed Pakistan's stance on maintaining peaceful relations with its neighbours.

"We will unveil the contradictions of this report in front of the Supreme Court", he said. He is the sole defense witness in the money laundering case against the Sharif family.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, on the other hand, termed the report "inconclusive" and a "source-based report" which has no worth before a court of law.

The six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was set up in May by the Supreme Court with the mandate to probe the Sharif family for allegedly failing to provide the trail of money used to buy properties in London in 1990s.

It is also learnt that PM Nawaz also owns an offshore company. Several assets have raised eyebrows which include four flats that cost million pounds in Park Lane, London, United Kingdom. The investigators have recommended that a case be filed against Sharif in the National Accountability Court. Besides his three children, the panel questioned his daughter Maryam's husband Muhammad Safdar Awan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is related to the Prime Minister's family through marriage.

Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani is the prime defence of PM Nawaz Sharif in the case as the Prince has supported the Sharifs money trail through two separate letters.