Govt rejects Panama JIT report, terms it a trash

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ISLAMABAD: Calling the Join Investigation findings nothing more than trash, the government has rejected the report submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan calling for action against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his son under NAB law.
The Minister of State for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, appearing in a press conference with other senior PML-N leaders, strongly rejected the JIT’s report as ‘worthless trash’ which “served Imran Khan’s agenda.” “No argument or substantial martial is part of the report,” said Ahsan Iqbal. The minister went on to declare the report as “Imran Nama” (political narrative of PTI chairman).
“Prime Minister has nothing to do with Sharif family business,” he said, adding that the SC had asked the JIT to seek answers of 13 questions but it chose to act as a trial court.
He said arch rivals of Nawaz Sharif were made part of the JIT.
Choosing to focus on the fact that the report focused on the Sharif family’s personal businesses rather than mismanagement or corruption while holding public office, the minister termed it a compilation of political accusations against the government.
“This report is a political statement which reads like an Imran-nama,” the minister said.
Barrister Zafarullah Khan, also speaking in the press conference, said: “It is not a JIT report, its rather a PTI report.”
“Four out of the six members of the JIT had no prior experience in handling legal investigations,” he added, which undermined its credibility.
He also resorted to personal attacks against individual members of the JIT, accusing them of being anti PML-N.
He further accused the JIT of tampering with the PML-N’s witnesses and attempting to twist the investigation to suit their ends.
“We hope the Supreme Court bench will send this report into the trash bin, where it rightfully belongs,” he concluded.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif then took the mic, saying that nothing in the report can be verified or be admissible as evidence as it is based on information provided by sources.
He also alleged that the report heavily relied on Rehman Malik’s reference in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, saying that this alone should be enough to discredit the report.

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