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    Saturday, 15 July 2017

    Sharifs abstain from raising objection to JIT report in SC ahead of Monday hearing

    The Sharif family has not submitted any objections before the Supreme Court (SC) to the Panamagate joint investigation team's (JIT) damning report on their murky financial history, South Punjab News reported on Saturday.
    Sources said the family's legal team is waiting for reports on the credibility of the forensic and financial experts engaged by the JIT, and hopes to come armed to the Monday hearing with that information.
    A three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal is set to hear the Panamagate implementation case in the light of JIT report on Monday. The court, on July 10, had ordered the parties to submit their replies by July 17 after reviewing copies of the JIT report.
    The SC had also sought transcripts of speeches made by PML-N leaders Saad Rafique, Talal Chaudhry and Asif Kirmani, which were submitted by the attorney general's office before the day's closing.
    Transcripts of 15 speeches of the three leaders comprised a total of 106 pages.

    Security beefed up at SC

    Jamil Hashmi, a senior superintendent of police, said that security around the SC is being beefed up before Monday's hearing.
    Additional barbed wires will be installed and the red zone will remain sealed on the day, while only those related to the case will be allowed to enter, Hashmi said. The embattled Sharif family currently embroiled in Panama papers has finalised its draft petition to challenge Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) findings in the Supreme Court, sources said on Saturday.
    According to a report by The News, Sharif family has raised various objections over the six-member JIT report for its explosive findings without using testified documents and the sources.
    The draft also alleges biased attitude of the JIT members towards Sharif family, a reminiscent of observation of PM’s cousin Tariq Shafi and son Hussain Nawaz who claimed that they were harassed by the high-powered inquiry panel.
    Sources added that the draft will be discussed with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today before filing in the Supreme Court.
    The petition to challenge JIT report will be filed by the four-member legal team headed by Khawaja Haris. It will be submitted to the apex court to decide on this plea before any further action in the light of JIT report.
    It is relevant to mention that the top court would resume hearing the Panama papers implementation case on Monday, July 17 as both sides opposition and treasury benches are looking forward to the proceedings.
    Meanwhile, the coalesced opposition’s call for the resignation of prime minister Nawaz Sharif has risen to a crescendo but the chief executive seems unmoved.
    In subsequent addresses before his federal cabinet and parliamentary leaders of the party, Nawaz Sharif expressed that he would not resign citing that ‘Supreme Court would address the concerns of Sharif family’.
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