Sharif family to come out clean in Panama case: Joya


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.

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

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faced a fresh challenge on Monday as a panel that investigated corruption allegations against his family recommended the opening of a new case after finding disparities between their sources of income and actual wealth.

At one point the report refers to the "irregular movement" of cash gifts and loans from companies based in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Britain to Sharif, his son and companies linked to them.

Ahsan said the party's lawyers are analysing the report from all perspectives. "We will demolish this report". "This report is a political statement which reads like an Imran Nama", he said, adding that the report "lacks substance".

The opposition seized on the allegations, however, with cricket legend-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan calling on Sharif to "immediately step down". A five-judge bench of Supreme Court had ordered setting up JIT.

The Panama JIT members arrived at the court amid tight security along with a box believed to be containing the investigation report and evidences collected by them during 60-day long investigation. He is the sole defense witness in the money laundering case against the Sharif family.

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However, JIT chief Zia asked the court that its 10th volume of the report should not be made public as it consists of correspondence with a foreign government. "We hope the Supreme Court bench will send this report into the trash bin ... to where it rightfully belongs", he concluded.

He claimed that JIT members were biased, which was against the principles of justice.

The JIT also summoned National Bank of Pakistan CEO Saeed Ahmed, and some officials from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), among others.

PM Nawaz also directed for acceleration in diplomatic efforts in view of recent Indian aggression and violations along the Line of Control. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London. But the final decision rests with the Supreme Court, which will take up the case next Monday.

Last year, the Panama Papers revealed that three of Prime Minister Sharif's children owned offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement.

Sharif's PML-N party holds a comfortable majority in parliament and in Punjab, the country's most populous province, but any disqualification of the party chief would be a huge blow to the party ahead of a scheduled general election next year.