Court ends hearing into corruption charges against Pakistan PM

Posted July 22, 2017

The JIT which was investigating allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family, submitted its report to the SC on July 10 and accused them of concealing the information from tax authorities that involves four apartments in Park Lane area of London.

Speaking to media after the apex court reserved its decision in the Panama Papers case, PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that Sharif will be disqualified and sent to jail in the Panama case verdict.

The six-member JIT was set up in May by the Supreme Court with the mandate to probe the Sharif family for allegedly failing to provide the trail of money used to buy properties in London in 1990s.

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He said the bar councils have also sought the resignation of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the prime minister's son-in-law Muhammad Safdar.

Most analysts are divided on whether the court will simply disqualify Sharif or recommend a new investigation.

Dated 2006, they were typed in Microsoft's Calibri font, which was not released for commercial use until 2007, the JIT said, citing forensics experts. The Supreme Court, acting on petitions from opposition lawmakers, chose to establish a six-member Joint Investigation Team to delve into the allegations corruption involving his family, including his daughter and two sons.

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Supreme Court judge Ijazul Ahsan said the Dubai government revealed that the Gulf Steel Mills documents provided by the Sharif family were forged. The minister observed that Sharif's legal counsel in his concluding remarks made it clear that documents relating to the last 40 to 50 years had been submitted in the court.

As the Supreme Court concluded its fifth and final hearing session in Panamagate case, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday is presiding a meeting of party leaders and his legal team to discuss the apex court reserving its judgment. "Now I am not demanding his resignation, but imprisonment", he told reporters on Thursday. Although in the past the Prime Minister was denounced for several cases of corruption, these were never proven.

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