JIT report's partiality to be proved in SC: Talal


Pakistan's Supreme Court set up a five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in April to investigate allegations of financial corruption that surfaced following the release of the infamous Panama Papers.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Supreme Court will today hear responses of all the parties on the Panamagate JIT's report.

The first application requests the three-member special bench to make public volume 10 of the JIT's final report. At the centre of the issue was the legitimacy of the funds that the prime minister's family allegedly used to purchase some of its high-end properties in London via offshore companies, media reports said.

But long-term Maryam is tipped as a future leader, with party insiders hoping she could emulate the late Benazir Bhutto and become a force within Pakistani politics for decades. Foremost amongst his critics is Imran Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The Parliament did not do what it was supposed to do, which is why the Supreme Court had to do it, said PML-Q President, Chaudhry Shujaat said.

On Wednesday, the rupee suffered its biggest one-day loss since 2008 and closed at its lowest value in three-and-a-half years.

Finance minister Ishaq Dar ordered an inquiry to investigate the depreciation of the rupee. So far it's not clear who would step up to take his position in the party, and PML-N officials haven't publicly indicated a clear successor. He alleged that Nawaz was becoming the cause of Pakistan's embarrassment and isolation at the global level and asserted after having been caught red-handed, there was no justification for him to cling to his post.

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The JIT even found anomalies in the cases quashed by the high court.

The case has divided the nation, and hundreds of security personnel were deployed to guard the Supreme Court building, which was partly fenced with barbed wire. The children of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were among those clients. He claimed the Sharifs had been trapped in such a way that none could now rescue them. He claimed that 88 percent profit from Hill Metals was received by Nawaz, whereas Hussain Nawaz sent over Rs1 billion to his father from Hill Metals.

PTI leader Naeem-ul-Haque reiterated the call for PM's resignation, calling the PM a "blemish" on Pakistan's name.

The plea alleges that Shahbaz has "violated his oath" that he took when he assumed the office of Punjab Chief Minister as he remained involved in his private business despite holding a public office. "We have all other options, including resignation from the National Assembly and taking to the streets", he said while speaking at a "Meet the press" programme here at the National Press Club.

According to investigators, the documents handed over by the prime minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, were typed up in the font Calibri.

He said that the PPP workers would not stop "Go Nawaz Go" sloganeering and rallies across the country until Nawaz Sharif was forced to resign by the people of Pakistan. The assets surfaced when Panama Papers leak a year ago revealed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharif's children. He said one could understand if some Arab Sheikhs had been using most derogatory language about this country.