Breather For Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad: Disappointing the opposition parties of Pakistan that have been waiting with their breath abated, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered for joint investigation into the charges of corruption against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After the ‘Panama Papers’ named him and family, the Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf led by cricketer turned politician took to streets in protest, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the case against Nawaz Sharif.
The verdict was split. The Pak PM will now have to appear before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that will probe the family involvement in corruption as alleged in the Panama Papers leak. The court directed the commission to complete the investigation within 60 days and submit its report.
The JIT comprises officials from National Accountability Bureau (NAB), intelligence agencies, Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) intelligence, the Supreme Court bench stated. A director- general level FIA officer will head it.
The Panama Papers leaks published by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) last year revealed that Sharif’s family members owned offshore companies worth millions of dollars.