Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the Supreme Court to probe the Panama Papers case at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) in Islamabad, on Thursday.
The prime minister appeared comfortable and relaxed as he arrived at the JIT secretariat. He waved at party workers and responded to their slogans and chants before entering the building.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by son Hussain Nawaz, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz, son-in-law MNA Capt (Retd) Safdar, Political Secretary Asif Kirmani and Principal Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad and other officials.
The Prime Minister, attired in a Shalwar Kameez and waist coat, waved to the large number of party workers gathered outside the venue to express solidarity with him.
A three-member special SC bench, headed by Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsen, had constituted a six-member JIT, led by Additional Director General (Immigration), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia.
Other members of the investigation team are Amir Aziz from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Bilal Rasool, Executive Director, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Irfan Naeem Mangi Director National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and Brigadier Kamran Khursheed from the Military Intelligence (MI) and Brigadier Nauman Saeed from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The JIT was set up to facilitate the investigation and collect evidence in line with the order passed by a five-member larger bench on April 20.
The JIT has already questioned the two sons of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz over the funding for purchase of apartments in London and their off-shore companies.
Hundreds of PML-N leaders and workers including lawyers gathered outside the Federal Judicial Academy building to express solidarity with the prime minister. Carrying banners and placards they raised slogans; “Mian terey jan nisar be shumar be shumar”, “dekho dekho kon aya, sher aya, sher aya”. They also raised slogans against the PTI leader Imran Khan.
Strict security arrangements were made around the Academy building with multiple tiers of security cordon by police and FC in riot gear.
PM Nawaz speaks to media after Panama JIT appearance
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after making his maiden appearance before a joint investigation team (JIT), while talking to media said he has accounted for every penny today.
“Today, I have just presented my stance before the JIT,” said the premier adding that all sources of his assets were already submitted to relevant authorities.
“Today is a historic day for Pakistan’s judiciary. I and my whole family have presented ourselves for accountability.
“Is there any family in Pakistan that has appeared for accountability other than mine,” asks Nawaz, stating that today was the third time we appeared before the court.
“People should not forget that there will also be a larger JIT next year, comprising 200 million people, and they will decide who has worked for the betterment of the country,” he said in an apparent warning to his opponents about the next General Election.
“My personal businesses have nothing to do with federal treasury,” he said