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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Appears Before Panama Probe Panel

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Updated: June 15, 2017, 12:58 PM IST
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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Appears Before Panama Probe Panel
The report further cited that the PM has been summoned as a witness, not as accused. (Image: Reuters)
New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared on Thursday before the Supreme Court-appointed joint investigation team (JIT) probing allegations of money-laundering against his family. Sharif is the first sitting PM to be questioned by investigators.

"The day that creates history & sets a much required & welcome precedent for others to emulate," Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted along with pictures of the PML-N leader and his top aides just before leaving for the Judicial Academy - the JIT's temporary secretariat - amid tight security.

A report in Dawn News said that the JIT had prepared the questions for Sharif and his children last month itself, and has grilled the Hussain Nawaz and Hassan, Sharif’s sons.

The report further cited that the PM has been summoned as a witness, not as accused.

However, sources told Dawn News that the JIT would ask him how he and his children acquired properties and set up various businesses in different parts of the world.

Investigators may also ask the PM about the factual variations in speeches he delivered on different forums after the Panama Papers surfaced, including his address to the nation, his speech in the National Assembly and his statement before the Supreme Court, reported Dawn News.

Sources said investigators may put questions developed in the light of the statements of his cousin Tariq Shafi and other witnesses.

The report further said that The JIT has also summoned Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in connection with the probe, while Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, the author of the Qatari letter, has reportedly offered investigators the opportunity to come to Qatar to record his statement.

The son-in-law of the prime minister retired Captain Mohammad Safdar has also been summoned by the JIT on June 25.

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