Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to appear before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) over Panama Leaks on June 15, sources reported on Sunday.
A private television channel quoted sources privy to the government as having said that the premier is scheduled to answer questions of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General-led JIT on Thursday.
Two sons of the premier, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz have earlier been summoned by the probe committee at least seven times combined.The team has directed the premier to “bring along all relevant record/documents/material.”
The development has come in a day after the JIT chief filed a petition in the apex court over threats being faced by the members in the highly followed, first ever of its kind probe of a sitting Prime Minister of Pakistan.
He reportedly informed the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) in his petition about the security concerns, criticism on the members, external pressures and other difficulties faced by the JIT. Sources reported that the petition was prepared by the FIA Additional Director General himself besides Irfan Naeem Mangi of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan.
Almost every hearing of the JIT, headquartered in Federal Judicial Academy, witnessed a mob of premier’s supporters chanting slogans outside whilst Hussain Nawaz or Hassan Nawaz answered SCP-formed committee’s queries inside.
The top court had ordered formation of the JIT in its April 20 verdict which was reserved in February after a nearly four-month long trial of premier s family on petitions of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Awami Muslim League (AML) among others seeking leader s accountability.
The JIT has filed two preliminary reports in the apex court since then and according to the order, the team is required to file its findings within a period of two months.