Responding to the corruption charges mentioned in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today that the corruption charges are baseless and they are nothing but slander.
Sharif said the economic progress made since his election in 2013 showed the government was on the right track and any disruption would only hurt progress. While the Pakistan Supreme Court directed the JIT to carry out the probe, so far Sharif has escaped being completely pinned down and has been allowed to continue as prime minister.
Sharif's PML-N party insists the wealth used to purchase the properties was acquired legally, through family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.
It is the fourth high-level meeting to take place since Monday when JIT submitted the report in Supreme Court (SC) on against Sharif family. "One group wants the PM to resign while the other wants confrontation", he said, adding there was a lot of evidence in the JIT report to declare Nawaz Sharif ineligible for the public office.
The Dawn admitted in an editorial that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report submitted to the Supreme Court on the Sharif family's assets held overseas as revealed by the Panama Papers was not a flawless document. The country's Supreme Court ordered a group of investigators to look into the matter, culminating the report produced this week.
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Of course, the Sharif family has trashed the allegations, saying it's a conspiracy and "full of flaws", while the Opposition, particularly Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has pounced on the matter.
Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is now embroiled in a money laundering case along with her brothers, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, as well as her husband Mohammad Safdar.
The court will now decide how to proceed with the report and whether to call for a trial.
According to a Times of India report, on page-55 of the investigative team's final report, it says that Maryam's documents had on them sentences typed in the "Calibri" font which was not available before January 31, 2007. Another offshore company FZE Capital, which was managed by Nawaz Sharif until 2014, was also discovered.
The prime minister asked if there was any corruption of even a rupee in any of the motorway or energy projects initiated by the PML-N government. Sharif's son, Hussain, is also under investigation.