Shahbaz Sharif questioned for four in front of JIT

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

"There is [also] no charge of embezzlement of national resources [against us]", he said, adding that the family was again being held accountable, so "we have presented ourselves for accountability". He answered the queries of the investigation team about allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family.

He said the JIT had summoned him as a witness and by complying with the notice, he had upheld the cause of the rule of law.

"This is not the first time that the Sharif family has been put to trial: people should not forget the time when our family's Ittefaq Foundries were taken from us by force", said Shehbaz.

She said that while the prime minister and the Sharif family had bowed before the law and the constitution, Imran had recklessly violated and denigrated the law and the constitution and used abusive language incessantly.

Abid Sher Ali, a senior member from Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N ruling party told reporters that the prime minister shunned all protocol for the appearance because he firmly believes in the rule of law and that "nobody is above the law".

Security was tight ahead of Nawaz Sharif's appearance before the panel at the Judicial Academy in Islamabad. "The decision will be against Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz Inshallah", he remarked.

Addressing media personnel, the cricketer-turned-politician said that the Sharifs did not have any money trail with them which was why they were crying for justice.

He said Punjab's chief minister had been elected by people, and nobody could remove him from his post through any undemocratic method.

"I suffer from chronic backache, but would never use it as an excuse to avoid appearing before the JIT, nor did I go to the institute of cardiology or to London for medical checkup", the Punjab CM said, taking a jibe at the former military ruler. His eldest son Hussain was questioned five times while Hasan, the younger son, was summoned twice.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had announced the verdict of landmark Panama case on April 20, in which it ordered the formation of a Joint Investigation Team to probe the offshore assets of Sharif family.

The apex court a year ago took up the case and issued a split decision over allegations of money laundering when Mr. Sharif was the Prime Minister in 1990s.

In its judgement, the Supreme Court had also outlined the scope of the proposed JIT, which would probe how the Gulf Steel Mills in UAE came into being, what led to its sale, what happened to its liabilities, where did its sale proceeds end up, how did they reach Jeddah, Qatar and the United Kingdom, whether Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz in view of their ages at the time had the means to possess and purchase the flats, and whether the sudden appearance of the letters of Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani of the Qatar was a myth or a reality.

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