Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Pakistan SC examines Panamagate JIT inquiry report

Pakistan SC examines Panamagate JIT inquiry report

The report said the financial structure and health of companies in Pakistan having linkages to the Sharif family also do no substantiate their wealth.

Safdar was receiving about 1,500 Saudi Riyal per month and this practice is still continuing, however, according to the JIT report, despite repeated questions, he did not divulge the source of his allowance after Muhammad Sharif's death.

Pointing to the opposition parties who have been demanding his resignation, Sharif said his PML-N party had bagged more votes than the opposition parties combined. This was caught after a lab expert from the United Kingdom pointed out that the document was written in the Calibri font which was not available in 2006 when the document presented by Maryam Nawaz was actually signed. Sharif, who has said she rejects the report's findings, has retweeted a screenshot of a Quora page saying that Calibri had been available in a Windows beta as early as 2004.

Sharif contends that the former Qatari prime minister's father was a business partner, and that the apartments in London were bought using funds transferred from Qatar. At first, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that Sharif could remain Prime Minister, due to a lack of evidence of corruption. The report said that there was a "significant gap/disparity" between the declared sources of income and wealth accumulated by Sharif, his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif dashed to the federal capital from Lahore to attend the consultative meeting at the PM House.

The Pakistan Prime Minister has been under pressure since documents leaked in 2016 from a Panama-based law firm which disclosed that his family had offshore accounts.

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Sharif's party leaders, meanwhile, said that the report did not prove any specific wrongdoing on the part of the prime minister.

The properties, bought using offshore companies, are at the centre of a case against the Sharif family, with authorities and the opposition questioning the legitimacy of funds used to buy the apartments.

Those attending the meeting said that the JIT report has several flaws.

On NAB's defence, Chaudhary told JIT that the cases related to Nawaz Sharif and his family, were pending right from the beginning due to the accused persons unavailability in the country. They vowed to challenge it in the Supreme Court.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader said the premier has to resign as the Parliament is in danger, adding that he is concerned over the way the government is reacting to the issue.

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