JIT confirms Maryam Nawaz Sharif is beneficial Owner Nescol and Nielsen

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

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.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will submit its final report in the Panama Papers case before the Pakistan Supreme Court today.

The JIT had reservations regarding the significant gap and disparity among the known and declared source of income and the wealth accumulated have been observed, according to the JIT document.

A senior leader from Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, Daniyal Aziz, said full cooperation to investigators, has been extended by the Prime Minister and his family.

In furtherance of the efforts being made by Islamabad for stability and security in Afghanistan, it is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani more than twice during last couple of months at global forums along with other world leaders. The court also ordered that a contempt of court notice be issued to the Jang Group, a leading media house, for publishing a speculative story on the findings of the JIT in The News daily.

The Supreme Court said the petitioners and Sharif's family would be provided copies of the JIT's report. Saturday also saw the ministers demanding for the first time the audio and video recording of the JIT to be made public.

The report alleged that there was "irregular movement of huge amounts in shape of loans and gifts" to Sharif's family and Pakistan Based companies from the companies based in Saudi Arabia, UAE and the UK.

Iqbal, while announcing that his party will challenge the report before the apex court, said, "We not only condemn this report but will completely expose and unveil its contradictions and falsification before the Supreme Court".

The probe team consists of 6 officials from the National Accountability Bureau, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) headed by Director General FIA Wajid Zia. His younger brother appeared thrice.

On Saturday, Sharif appeared to take a defensive stance prior to the inquiry report's submission, with leaders from his PML-N party vowing to reject the report as it did not include testimony from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

The premier's son-in-law, Capt Safdar, was also included in the names forwarded to NAB.