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Panamagate JIT informs SC of hurdles delaying investigation

ISLAMABAD: The Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Monday informed the three-member special bench of Supreme Court that if hurdles prevailed, it would be difficult to conclude the probe within the 60-day time frame, ARY News reported.

The probing team apprised the bench – headed by Ejaz Afzal Khan – that some governmental departments were reluctant to share relevant records with the JIT besides tempering some of the records.

The apex court was hearing the second petition filed by the premier’s elder son, seeking the formation of a commission to investigate the leak of photograph depicting him before a grilling session with the JIT.

The JIT submitted its inquiry report on the Hussain Nawaz photo leak to the special implementation bench of Panamagate verdict, which reportedly rejected the allegations levelled against the probing team in connection with the leaking of Hussain’s photo. However, the report assured that punitive action would be taken against individual suspected of involvement in the incident.

The bench also accepted an application filed by the JIT, stating that the investigating team facing certain issues and problems in its interrogation and it would be difficult to complete the probe within the prescribed time.

Hussain Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris argued before the special bench that filming of statements given to JIT was an unconstitutional act. However, the bench ruled that constitution permits video recording of the interrogation session under Section 162.

Moreover, Justice Ijazul Ahsan assured that the recording could not be used against any witness.

The bench ordered the attorney general and Hussain Nawaz’s counsel to submit their replies by June 14 to the JIT’s objections.



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