Panamagate: JIT accuses NAB of not actively examining charges against Sharif family

Gladys Abbott
July 13, 2017

The Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has accused Maryam Nawaz Sharif of forging documents in two 2006 declarations made by her using the Calibri font which was released to the public in the year 2007. Nawaz Sharif can retake the premiership after the decision of supreme court, advised Shehbaz Sharif according to sources who were present in the meeting.

Investigators noticed that documents handed over by the prime minister's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, were typed up in the font Calibri.

The same conclusion was drawn by a joint investigative team (JIT) tasked by Pakistan's Supreme Court with examining the corruption claims, which had London's Radley Forensic Document Laboratory assess the documents.

The JIT in its 10-volume report submitted to the apex court earlier this week recommended that a corruption case should be filed against Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz, under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999.

Shortly after the publication of the report, the prime minister on Monday led an emergency meeting with several of his colleagues to discuss the issue.

ARY News has reported via its sources close to Prime Minister that the narrative of resignation within the party is now gaining strength.

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The matter does not fall within the Supreme Court's jurisdiction, so the government may form a commission to probe the matter, the court said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held consultative sessions with law experts, his political advisers, including Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, some federal ministers and advisers. The information related to the properties in London owned by the Sharif family came out previous year after classified documents from the Panama based law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked.

The assets were revealed in the findings published by the Panama Papers in April past year.

Sharif's ruling PML-N party insists the wealth was acquired legally, through family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.

The report said: "Failure on the part of all respondents to produce the required information confirming "known sources of income" is prima facie tantamount to not being able to justify assets and the means of income".

Sharif's allies have alleged there was a conspiracy against him, but opponents say the premier was trying to use such talk as a smokescreen to cover the serious allegations he faces. "The language used in the JIT report depicts mala fide", he said, adding that nobody would be allowed to derail the journey of success.

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