'Govt to file reference against JIT report'

Pak PM Sharif meets top aides after JIT fallout

'Govt to file reference against JIT report'

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the JIT report made one reminiscent of former military ruler Musharraf's tenure, where baseless allegations were rampant.

With the Supreme Court now taking up the case once more, Sharif's political career hangs in the balance.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will submit its final report in the Panama Papers case before the Pakistan Supreme Court today.

"Significant gap/disparity among the known and declared sources of income and the wealth accumulated by the Respondent No. 1, 6, 7 and 8 have been observed", said the investigation team in its closing remarks, reports the News.

It is pertinent to note here that PML-N leaders Khawaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal and Barrister Zafarullah did a press conference and not only rejected the JIT report but termed it Dharna three (a continuation of sit-ins by PTI) and accused the JIT members of not sticking to their mandate and expediting the investigation to the extent of becoming a trial court itself.

Noting that the Sharif family's lifestyle does not match their income, it said the ruling family may be deemed guilty of violating the NABs' reference. Likewise, 2,547 personnel from the aforementioned departments were deployed at judicial academy and in its vicinities when Prime Minister's daughter Maryam Nawaz showed up at judicial academy on July 5.

Members of his family - and last month Sharif, personally - have appeared before a Supreme Court-appointed team investigating the family's offshore companies. Sources said that Jang Group may be working in connivance with Sharif's family.

After receiving the report, the top court allowed the petitioners and respondents in the case to obtain copy of the report from the apex court's registrar office. His elder son Hussain appeared before the panel six times while younger son Hassan appeared thrice.

However, PML-N leaders continue to claim innocence about the involvement of Sharif and his family members.

After submission of the report, the bench ordered registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zaffar Hijazi in order to find out who was behind tampering business record of the Sharif family.

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