NAB obtains volume 10 of Panama JIT report

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

National Accountability Bureau on Thursday obtained volume 10 of Panama Joint Investigation Team report for the investigation against Sharif family.
Sources told that NAB’s first plea was rejected by Supreme Court’s registrar office, however it accepted the second application.
Volume 10 consists of more than 415 pages while NAB has also received three copies of full JIT report.
Earlier, NAB issued summons to ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and his sons, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz for August 18. A team from Rawalpindi NAB will record their statements about Al-Azizia Steel Mills.
Supreme Court had directed NAB to prepare three references in which one was regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mill while the other two were about London flats and 16 offshore companies held by the Sharif family.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on Thursday granted the National Accountability Bureau access to Volume X of the final report of the joint investigation team that probed allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family in the Panamagate case.
The complete contents of the previously withheld volume have been made available to the bureau a day before former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons have been summoned to appear before NAB investigators in Lahore.
NAB was asked to file four references in the Rawalpindi accountability court on the basis of the material collected and referred to by the JIT against members of the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in keeping with the apex court’s verdict in the Panamagate case.
Volume X of the report contains details of mutual legal assistance requests sent to various countries and has not been made public by the Supreme Court on the request of the six-member JIT’s chairman Wajid Zia, who had feared that the information would be used to interfere in investigative collaborations with foreign countries.
Earlier, the SC had only provided NAB with the first nine volumes of the report, withholding the tenth.
However, last week, NAB had filed an application with the SC, requesting complete certified copies of the report. The bureau needed at least four certified and complete copies to finalise the references.
The disqualified prime minister and his sons are expected to appear before investigators of NAB in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case on Friday. The Azizia Steel Mills case will be the first of many cases that NAB is going to probe — an act which could have repercussions for the Sharifs’ politics as well as for the country’s political scene for long.
The cases are an acid test for Nawaz who is fighting his case both in courts as well as before what he described as people’s jury.

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