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Panama Papers: Nawaz Sharif appears before JIT, says have 'accounted for every penny'

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday appeared for the first time before a judicial panel probing the family's offshore properties in line with the apex court verdict in the Panama-gate case.

File image of Nawaz Sharif. AFP

File image of Nawaz Sharif. AFP

"Today, I have just presented my stance before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT)", said the prime minister adding that all sources of his assets were already submitted to relevant authorities.

"A historic day for Pakistan's judiciary, I and my whole family have presented ourselves for accountability".

"Is there any family in Pakistan that has appeared for accountability other than mine", asked Sharif, stating it was the third time the family appeared before the court.

"My personal businesses have nothing to do with federal treasury. And no matter how many conspiracies my rivals are hatching, they will not be successful", he said.

Sharif, ahead of appearing before the JIT, met his close aides including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, and his brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, reports The News International.

On 8 June, the team issued summons asking the prime minister to appear before the panel on Thursday.

The JIT questioned Hussain Nawaz, the prime minister's elder son, on 28 May.

Hussain has made five appearances before the JIT so far. The panel has also grilled Sharif's younger son, Hassan.

In its judgement of 20 April in the Panama Papers case, the Supreme Court had constituted the JIT and empowered it to summon the prime minister, his sons and any other person necessary, to investigate allegations of money laundering, through which four apartments in London's Park Lane area were purchased.

Updated Date: Jun 16, 2017 09:02 AM

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