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Pak SC orders probe into Sharif’s links in Panama papers case

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Islamabad, April 20, 2017: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a Joint Investigation Team to probe the Panama Papers evidence and asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hassan and Hussain to appear before it.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa announced the split judgement against Sharif and his family. He said the Federal Investigation Agency and the National Accountability Bureau had failed to probe the case.

A JIT would be constituted to probe Sharif, which would submit its report within 60 days.

The bench has also asked the JIT to investigate the money trail issued by the Prime Minister. The team would include officials from the NAB, FIA, ISI, MI and the State Bank of Pakistan.

Two judges in the five-member bench had decided in favour of disqualifying the Prime Minister, however, three judges suggested for the investigation in the matter.

A five-judge bench examined arguments presented by opposition parties who hurled corruption charges at Sharif and his family, saying they held companies in tax havens.

Wefornews Bureau

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