Pakistan

SC rejects Hussain Nawaz’s objections on JIT members

ISLAMABAD: A three-member special bench of the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea filed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz, expressing his reservations on two members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing offshore properties of Sharif family in line with the top court’s verdict in Panama leaks case, ARY News reported.

During the court proceeding today, the bench ruled that no JIT member could be excluded or replaced on basis of mere suspicion while directing the investigation team to complete the probe within the prescribed time frame in line with Panamagate verdict.

Hussain Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris contended that the court had rejected a notion introducing audio and video recording during the investigation. He told the bench that both kind of recordings are taking place during the JIT’s investigation, adding, law does not permit. He also argued that the behaviour of two members of the JIT  was abusive.

The bench ruled that evidences were not enough and nobody was above the law.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan said that the two members of the JIT who have been ‘targeted’ by Hussain in his application, have vast professional experience in white-collar crime.

“We will not replace any member of the JIT and neither prevent someone from doing their work,” he remarked.

It is pertinent to mention that Hussain Nawaz in his plea had alleged that one of the two members of JIT committee was a close friend of former president General Pervez Musharaf and was very active during special court proceedings in treason case against Musharaf.

Hussain also claimed that the other one is relative of former governor of Punjab Mian Azhar who is currently linked with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).

The reservations were raised against Amer Aziz and Bilal Rasool, who respectively represent the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the six-member JIT.

 

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