Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

Pakistan probe panel to file final report : Panama Papers case

"Moreover, irregular movement of huge amounts in shape of loans and gifts from Saudi Arabia-based company (Hill Metals Establishment), United Kingdom based companies (Flagship Investments Limited and others) and United Arab Emirates based Company (Capital FZE) to Respondent No. 1, Respondent No. 7 and Pakistan based companies of Respondent No. 1 and family have been highlighted". "Therefore, we are rejecting this report, terming it rubbish".

He let it be known while addressing a press conference following the probe committee report in Supreme Court. "We will demolish this report". The minister went on to declare the report as "Imran Nama" (political narrative of PTI chairman).

Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for opposition leader Imran Khan's Pakistan Taherik-e-Insaf, claimed on Monday that the days of Sharif's government were numbered and that the Supreme Court, based on the findings next week, is expected to announce some sort of decision. A five-judge bench of Supreme Court had ordered setting up JIT. He is the sole defense witness in the money laundering case against the Sharif family.

The report, spread over 10 volumes, was brought in two cartons which were carried on a trolley into the apex court.

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The six-member JIT included Federal Investigation Agency's additional director general Wajid Zia, Military Intelligence's Brig Kamran Khurshid, NAB's director Irfan Naeem Mangi, State Bank of Pakistan's Amer Aziz, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan's executive director Bilal Rasool and Inter-Services Intelligence's Brig Muhammad Nauman Saeed.

It is also learnt that PM Nawaz also owns an offshore company. The assets in question are four apartments costing several million pounds in Park Lane, London, which according to Panama Papers were purchased through off shore companies Nielson and Nescol but hidden from tax authorities in Pakistan.

The top court took up the case in October a year ago on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami Muslim League and Jamaat-e-Islami and reserved the verdict in February after conducting hearings on a daily basis.

Along with the evidence, the report will consist of the statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif; Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif; the PM's children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz Sharif; son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar; Prime Minister's cousin Tariq Shafi; friend Javed Kayani and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is the father-in-law of the Prime Minister's younger daughter. They appeared once before the JIT.

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