Hussain Nawaz appears before Panama JIT to record statement

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ISLAMABAD  – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz has Sunday reached Judicial Academy in Islamabad to record his statement before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) regarding Panama case.

Hussain Nawaz was summoned by JIT on Saturday, and he will answer the questions that will be asked by the investigation team.

In a brief media talk before the hearing, Hussain Nawaz told that he received a notice to appear before JIT yesterday, and was given the time of only 24 hours. He said that he will face JIT along with his counsel, and if he is not allowed to do that, he will give his viewpoint afterwards.

Hussain Nawaz further added that no questionnaire or any other document has been given to him yet. He said he would give his stance before the JIT, and avoid to talk on any hypothesis.

It is worth mentioning here that Hussain Nawaz earlier submitted a five-page application in Supreme Court’s registry raising objections on impartiality of two members of JIT, constituted to probe Sharif family’s offshore assets.

The application stated that Bilal Rasool, a member of JIT from Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), has inclinations towards a political party as he is real nephew of Mian Muhammad Azhar, who alongside his immediate family members, is a fervent aide of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Details of social media accounts of Bilal Rasool’s wife were also mentioned in the application which showed her bias as she had posted several status in PTI’s favor but later deleted them following JIT’s formation.

“This act of hers, in fact, raised alarms in the mind of the undersigned, as her removal of posts from her social media account indicates her anxiety to conceal her loyalty, devotion and unremitting support for the PTI,” stated the application.

Hussain’s reservations regarding another member, Ahmer Aziz, stemmed from the fact that he was part of National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) team probing Hudabya Paper Mills case during Musharraf’s era.

Ahmer Aziz is a representative of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

“Mr Ahmer’s induction in the JIT was received with skepticism as regards his impartiality, as it was recalled that he formed core part of the NAB’s investigation that had been carried out in respect of Hudabya Paper Mills during General Musharraf’s dictatorial regime,” narrated in the application.

Hussain urged the country’s top court to “kindly pass appropriate orders in the interest of justice, equity and fair play to ensure a fair and impartial investigation into the case”.

Responding to Hussain Nawaz’s objection, PTI Chaimran Imran Khan said it is not surprising to hear that Hussain Nawaz is reluctant to appear before JIT. His father, Nawaz Sharif, also couldn’t play cricket under neutral umpires.

Imran said it seems that the habit of controlling everything runs through their family, and that is the reason he is reluctant to appear before JIT.

2017-05-28

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