Pakistan PM’s son Hussain Nawaz grilled over Panama Papers

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz on Sunday appeared before a Supreme Court-appointed joint investigation team (JIT) investigating his family’s business dealings overseas. According to the JIT, Hashmi could only be allowed to assist his client if allowed by the Supreme Court.

Rejecting Hussain’s plea, the top court asked why the Sharif family questioned the presence of two members in the JIT who have expertise in investigating white-collar crimes.

The sources said Hussain Nawaz also spent some time with other senior lawyers at the Prime Minister’s House where they discussed various aspects of the investigation being held in line with the directives of the three-member bench of the Supreme Court.

The JIT, during the course of hearing, observed that the probing team was legal until the Supreme Court (SC) gives verdict on the objections raised by Hussain Nawaz on the two JIT members.

“I received a notice from the JIT on Saturday and was asked to appear on May 28”, he said.

The complaints have been forwarded to the Supreme Court for perusal and will be heard by a special 3-judge bench on 29 May.

Formed on May 5, officials included in the JIT are: Brigadier Nauman Saeed from the Inter-Services Intelligence, Brigadier Kamran Khurshid from the Military Intelligence, Aamer Aziz from the State Bank of Pakistan, Bilal Rasool from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Irfan Naeem Mangi from the National Accountability Bureau and Wajid Zia from the Federal Investigation Agency. Both PTI and Musharraf are considered arch rivals of the PML-N, which is headed by Hussain’s father.

The JIT has to conclude and complete its investigations in Panamagate case within the allotted 60-day period.

Hussain Nawaz in his application requested that for the sake of propriety the two officers should recuse themselves from the JIT to ensure an “upright and unbiased” investigation into the allegations against the ruling family.

Speaking to Geo News, Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said the team of investigators should have waited for one day, since the matter was sub judice.

The JIT is investigating the money trail of the Prime Minister’s family as revealed in the leaks. Moreover, Aziz also allegedly directed Shafi to take back his sworn statement, as per Hussain’s petition.

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