SC orders 7-member JIT to probe money trail in Panama Papers case

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ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme court of Pakistan Thursday in a split verdict in the Panama Papers case ordered to form a seven-member joint investigation team (JIT) within seven days to probe how the money was transferred abroad.

The judgement authored by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan was read by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) remained unsuccessful in playing their role effectively.

The JIT would include officials of NAB , FIA , State Bank of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence.

It would be led by a director-general level FIA officer.

The court directed that the names of JIT members must be announced within seven days, and the probe report must be released within 60 days. The JIT must report its progress to the court on weekly basis.

A special bench will examine the case under Section 184/3 ofthe Constitution, the court said.

A five-judge bench, comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeedand Justice Ijazul Ahsan, had examined arguments presented by the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, the Jamaat-i-Islami, the Watan Party and the All Pakistan Muslim League.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz , Hussain Nawaz , retired Capt Muhammad Safdar and Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar were the respondents in the case.

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