I once again handed over asset details to JIT, says PM Nawaz
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has on Thursday said that he has presented his stance before the Joint Investigation team (JIT) and mentioned that details of his assets and resources had already been submitted with the relevant institutions, including the Supreme Court.
Talking to media in Islamabad on Thursday after over three hours appearance before the JIT probing allegations into Panama Papers, he said that never before in the history of the country, three generations of a family were held accountable the way his family is being done. “The present process of accountability has been extended to period beyond his birth,” he added.
Nawaz Sharif said that the charges against him had nothing to do with embezzlement of national exchequer but were related to his private family business, adding that all conspiracies against him and his family would foil.
“My family has always faced ruthless accountability in the past and will succeed again despite the allegations and conspiracies of my opponents.”
The premier said that he brought investment in the country that was unprecedented in 65 years as he served the nation thrice as the prime minister and earlier served the Punjab province as Chief Minister and throughout these years initiated projects worth billions in Punjab and all over Pakistan, adding that his opponents have never ever been able to prove any issue of kick backs or commission, or even bring to the fore any shred of evidence against him.
Earlier, the Supreme Court ruled in April there was insufficient evidence to remove Sharif from office over corruption allegations leveled by the opposition, but it ordered further investigations. The apex agreed last year to investigate the Sharif family’s offshore wealth after the opposition threatened protests after the leaking of the “Panama Papers”.
Documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm appeared to show that Sharif’s daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy properties in London.
Sharif, whose father was a prominent industrialist, has said his family wealth was acquired legally. A three-time prime minister, Sharif was ousted twice in the 1990s, including in a 1999 military coup. He later lived in exile, mostly in Saudi Arabia. He swept back to power in an election in 2013.
His spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. Pakistan has been plagued by corruption for decades, with politicians often accusing rivals of graft.
The Supreme Court has given the panel two months to investigate the family and then deliver its findings.
The team has accused government departments of tampering with old records, but Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday rejected such allegations, adding that the team’s claims meant the process was becoming “suspicious”, media reported.
Sharif’s camp has sought to remove two members of the investigation team and his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party voiced outrage over a leaked photograph taken from security camera footage showing Sharif’s son, Hussain, appearing before the panel.