Islamabad, June 12: Pakistan’s sitting prime minister Nawaz Sharif is set to become the first prime minister in the history of the country to appear before the joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe money laundering allegations against his family.
Sharif would appear before the probe agency on June 15 and clarify his position, sources said.
The unprecedented development will make him the first incumbent to appear before such a panel, let alone one probing allegations of financial irregularities or fraud against nearly his entire family, going back three generations.
The JIT issued the summons to Nawaz Sharif on June 8 and asked him to appear and associate with it on June 15 at 11 am at its office located at Federal Judicial Academy.
The JIT also reminded the prime minister to bring with him relevant documents, records and material related to the Panama Papers case.
Sources said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar may also be questioned by the team before the PM’s appearance.
In its judgement of April 20 in the Panama Papers case, the Supreme Court had constituted a JIT and empowered it to summon the prime minister, his sons and any other person necessary, to investigate allegations of money-laundering, through which the four apartments in London’s Park Lane area were purchased.
The sources said that the JIT had summoned Dar last week, but could not record his statement.
Talking to some TV channels on Sunday, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the PM had received the JIT summons and in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s order of April 20, he would ensure his presence accordingly.