JIT to hire foreign audit firm for probe

PM’s family assets

Sophia Siddiqui


Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the Panama case on the directions of the Supreme Court has decided to hire a foreign firm to aid in the investigation.
According to sources, the SECP representative in JIT, Bilal Rasool, has been given the responsibility to acquire the firm’s services most probably from Britain.
According to sources on Monday, the JIT led by Federal Investigation Agency’s Wajid Zia began preparations to question the prime minister and his family.
The JIT has received the relevant records from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
According to sources, the record was reviewed and questions that surfaced after comparing the record were separated, to be posed to the prime minister and his children..
Moreover, sources said the JIT will only take into consideration authenticated documents, saying some documents submitted by NAB were unverified.
On May 11, the JIT asked the ECP to provide the prime minister’s assets declaration, sources said. The ECP received the JIT’s letter on May 10, which asks for asset declarations from 2013 to 2016. ECP’s secrecy branch compiled a file of the assets declaration and sent it to the chief election commissioner, as per the sources. The JIT also asked for the asset declaration of the premier’s son-in-law and MNA Captain retired Mohammad Safdar.
On May 10, a session of the JIT was held to decide on the investigation method for the Panama Papers case. The team of investigators had decided to seek assistance from the FIA and experts in the private sector.
The Supreme Court’s special bench had constituted the JIT to probe funds used by the prime minister’s children to buy properties in London through offshore businesses.

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