ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the Panama Papers evidence will submit its first report in the Supreme Court (SC) today (Monday).
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has also decided to go to the Supreme Court today to witness the report sharing proceedings.
According to PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry, PTI chairman Imran Khan will be present in the apex court on the occasion of report sharing. He further said that senior party leaders will also accompany Imran Khan.
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the first JIT report will clear all the ambiguities. He asserted that this will be the first time when the summons for Prime Minister will be decided over the initial report of JIT.
Two weeks back, a six-member JIT constituted by the Supreme Court initiated probe into Panama Papers case at the Federal Judicial Academy. The JIT includes officials from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), State Bank (SB), Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) while director-general level FIA officer will head the team. JIT will have jurisdiction to travel abroad for investigation.
The investigation team will submit a progress report after every two weeks to the apex court. The JIT is supposed to complete probe within two months.
Panama Papers had published a leak of documents belonging to Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in April 2016 creating an uproar in Pakistan among other countries. The leak was studied by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and stated names of incumbent as well as former leaders of the world who owned shell companies.
Opposition parties in Pakistan saw offshore companies owned by daughter and two sons of PM Nawaz as means to either stash wealth in foreign accounts or purchase assets abroad. The top court took up the case in October last year 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 daily basis.