Published On: Thu, May 11th, 2017

JIT to start inquiry about Nawaz Sharif’s assets


JIT to start inquiryInstructed as per the Supreme Court order for the JIT to start inquiry, the JIT conducted an orientation visit to its newly designated secretariat. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has demanded that the JIT inquiry of the Sharif family should be under cameras.

Fawad Chaudry, PTI spokesperson said that their party demands in-camera proceedings of the JIT.

As the JIT members led by FIA Additional Director General Wajid Zia visited the Federal Judicial Academy, the premises chosen by the Supreme Court for JIT investigations, Fawad Chaudry presented his party’s stance on this.

Security arrangements and facilities provided for the JIT team under the Supreme Court’s May 4 order were being checked by the JIT members.

Regular meetings are expected to be held by the team in couple of days since a progress report would be due to submit to the Supreme Court every fortnight.

The head of the three judge special bench of the Supreme Court, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan had announced the names of six-man JIT team to further investigate the Shairf’s family assets.

Led by FIA DG Zia, the team will consist of State Bank of Pakistan officer Amer Aziz, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Executive Direc­tor Bilal Rasool, National Accountability Bureau’s Balochistan Director Gene­ral Irfan Naeem Mangi, retired Brig Mohammad Nauman Saeed of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Brig Kamran Khurshid from Military Intelligence (MI).

April 20’s Supreme Court judgement in the Panama Papers case resulted in the formation of JIT. A court order has been passed to the federal government for Rs.20 million’s fund for JIT to continue their investigation without hurdles and interruption.

PTI’s Fawad Chaudry said that their concerns raised when the JIT did not issue any handouts of the meeting and they wanted to know what was the agenda of the meeting, he said that PTI would never accept a closed-door meeting, and warned that the party could petition the Supreme Court or hold protests demanding live coverage, or at the very least, open proceedings of the investigation team.

When the JIT commences its work, it will enjoy the power to engage and associate local or foreign experts to facilitate both the investigation and the collection of evidence, in line with the letter and spirit of the Panama Papers case judgment.

The JIT will also have all powers given under laws relating to investigation, including those available in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1898, National Accountability Ordinance 1999 and the Federal Investigation Agency Act, 1975.

If and when any person fails or refuses to associate with or appear before the JIT or refuses to cooperate or provide oral or documentary information, the same should be immediately brought to the notice of the Supreme Court for taking appropriate action, the order had said.

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