JIT observes discrepancies in Sharif family assets

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JIT observes discrepancies in Sharif family assets

"Prime Minister has nothing to do with Sharif family business", he said, adding that the SC had asked the JIT to seek answers of 13 questions but it chose to act as a trial court.

The report suggested the National Accountability Bureau, the country's main anti-corruption watchdog, should open a "reference" or case against Sharif and his three children under the provisions of the National Accountability Bureau Ordinance of 1999.

"Significant gap/disparity amongst the known and declared sources of income and the wealth accumulated by the Respondent No. 1, 6, 7 and 8 have been observed", the JIT observed in its concluding remarks.

JIT chief Wajid Zia presented the report along with evidence to a three-member special bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

"The financial structure and health of companies in Pakistan having linkage to the Respondents also do no substantiate the wealth of the Respondents", it continued. Hussain Nawaz, elder son of the prime minister, appeared six times before the JIT and younger son Hassan Nawaz thrice. The court slapped a contempt notice on the printer publisher and reporter of largest media group Jang for misreporting on the facts of the JIT probe and contacting a judge on his report. A team submitted its report in the Supreme Court after 60 days of investigation.

The JIT was formed by Pakistani Supreme Court on a petition by opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to investigate the Sharif family's offshore assets owned by Sharif's children following revelations regarding the same in the Panama Papers leaks.

Meanwhile, the bench ordered registration of an FIR against Zafar Hijazi, chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), for his alleged involvement in tampering records of the companies owned by the ruling family. "Though it won't be pleasant, it is not the worst for the Sharif family as such", the Dawn quoted a source, as saying.

However, PML-N leaders continue to claim innocence about the involvement of Sharif and his family members.

Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar Awan, the premier's son-in-law, has also been included in the names forwarded to NAB.

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