PM Nawaz to appear before JIT today

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PM Nawaz to appear before JIT today

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) chief Wajid Zia had summoned the prime minister to appear before the six-member probe team at 11:00 AM (11:30 IST) on June 15 with all documents relevant to the case.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the high-profile Panamagate graft case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family has reportedly summoned Nawaz's brother Shahbaz Sharif for recording his statement in this case.

The summons was issued to Sharif, 67, after he returned last Saturday from Kazakhstan where he had attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

The JIT's summons also reminded Sharif to "kindly bring along relevant record/documents/material" related to the Panama Papers case. After consulting with them, the prime minister has chose to honour the summons and appear before the JIT on Thursday. The person has been sent back to his department and will not be a part of the team investigating the Sharif family anymore.

To a question, she said that the government was not opposed to the idea of a having a separate television channel for live telecast of the parliamentary proceedings adding that Speaker National Assembly and the Chairman Senate could also ask for live streaming of speeches of all the parliamentary leaders.

A day earlier, Sharif's elder son, Hussain Nawaz, appeared before the JIT for the third time to defend the money trail of the Sharifs' London properties. The panel was empowered to summon PM Nawaz Sharif, his sons to investigate allegations of money-laundering.

The Minister of State said Nawaz Sharif's appearance before JIT will vindicate his belief in the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.

When taking up the issue of the hurdles faced by the JIT, the bench observed that if hurdles are created in the work of the JIT, they will not be able to complete their probe in time.

It is not yet clear that Sharif will be questioned for once or would be called again like his two sons.

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