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PM’s cousin Tariq Shafi appears before Panama case JIT | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cousin, Tariq Shafi, reached the Federal Judicial Academy on Sunday morning to appear before the Panama Papers case Joint Investigation Team (JIT). 

The premier’s cousin was driven into the JIT secretariat by State Water and Power Minister Abid Sher Ali, who is also related to the premier.

Sources said the JIT has prepared questions to be posed to the premier’s cousin, who was questioned by the JIT on May 15 for around 12 hours. 

During the hearing of the Panama Papers case, Shafi submitted two affidavits in the Supreme Court — dated Nov 12, 2016 and Jan 20, 2017 — confirming receipt of 12 million Dirhams as sale proceeds of the remaining shares of Mian Sharif’s factory in Dubai and delivery of the said amount in cash in installments to Fahad Bin Jassim of Qatar (elder brother of Hamad Bin Jassim). This money later became the source of funds for acquisition of the four Park Lane properties in London, the Supreme Court was told earlier this year. 

Shafi will also be questioned regarding the Hudaibiya Paper Mills Limited, sources said. 

After his appearance before the JIT in May, Shafi alleged that he was mistreated and threatened by certain JIT members.

Meanwhile, the premier’s son Hasan Nawaz has been summoned by the JIT on July 3 and his elder brother, Hussain Nawaz, on July 4. Moreover, the premier’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, is scheduled to appear before the investigators on July 5.

The summons also asked the respondents to bring forth relevant documents related to the Sharif family’s financial assets.

The JIT, formed on May 5 in light of the Supreme Court’s April 20 judgment in the Panama Papers case, was given 60 days to complete its probe. 

However, since the original deadline was falling on a Friday, and with the JIT taking a day off on Eid, July 10 has been decided as the deadline for the JIT to submit its final report to the court’s special implementation bench. 

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