Pakistan

Military resolved to play its ‘due role’ in JIT probing Sharif family

RAWALPINDI: The top brass of Pakistan Army at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Monday resolved that the military would play its due role in a legal and transparent manner as part of a Supreme Court ordered Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing offshore properties of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, ARY News reported.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said that 202nd Corps Commanders’ Conference discussed the top court’s Panamagate verdict with special reference to the JIT which would investigate money trail and Sharif family’s property overseas.

“The forum pledged that the institution through its members in the JIT will play its due role in a legal and transparent manner fulfilling the confidence reposed by the apex court,” the ISPR said.

It is worth mentioning here that the JIT is to comprise of officials from six state entities including the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Security & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI). The JIT will be led by an additional director general-level officer from the FIA, according to the SC order.

Earlier on April 20 this year, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who dissented from others had said in detailed judgment that the apex court had to entertain the case in the backdrop of an unfortunate refusal/failure on the part of all the relevant institutions in the country, like the NAB, the FIA, the SBP, the Federal Board of Revenue, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan”, to inquire into or investigate the matter.

The Corps Commanders meeting also reviewed progress on ongoing ‘Operation Raddul Fasaad’, ISPR further said in its statement.

Political analysts are of opinion that Army’s role in the formation of JIT would have significant impact on the probe.

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