ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) constituted by Supreme Court to investigate business dealings of Sharif family abroad on Monday decided to use only certified documents in its investigation.
The JIT meeting headed by Wajid Zia held at Federal Judicial Academy. The JIT reviewed the documents and records submitted to it by National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Sources said that the JIT members observed that NAB had provided non-certified documents. The team decided to acquire the services of an audit firm of UK. The task to search audit firm was handed over to Bilal Rasool. Rasool is representing Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the JIT. All the six members of the JIT attended the meeting. The JIT reviewed the records of Hudaibia Papers Mills case submitted by NAB to the JIT. The declarations of assets and others details of Prime Minister and others submitted by Election Commission of Pakistan to the JIT were also reviewed. Sources said that the JIT after reviewing the records will prepare a questionnaire for Prime Minister and his children. They added that the JIT might issues notice to Prime Minister and his children summoning them to appear before the JIT to respond its questions.
During last meeting the JIT had deliberated over the procedure to obtain certified documents from abroad. They said that the JIT had also discussed option to write letter to concerned ministries and departments for acquiring relevant records. The committee had also discussed the Qatri letter and related issues.
The JIT had sought the asset declarations of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which the ECP submitted accordingly. The JIT had sought the asset declarations of PM Sharif from 1999, but the ECP expressed its inability to provide those, since the law making submission of asset details to the ECP mandatory was introduced in 2002. Since Mr Sharif was sent into exile after the military coup of 1999 and did not contest elections until 2013, the ECP did not have details of his assets until that year. The ECP’s secrecy branch had submitted a file containing Mr Sharif’s asset declarations from 2013 to 2016.
According to the JIT’s terms of reference, it is mandated to probe how the Gulf Steel Mill come into being; what led to its sale; what happened to its liabilities; how did they reach Jeddah, Qatar and the UK; whether Hussain and Hassan Nawaz had the means in the early 1990s to possess and purchase the London flats; whether the sudden appearance of the letters of Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani is a myth or a reality; who, in fact, is the real and beneficial owner of the Nielsen Enterprises Ltd and Nescoll Ltd; how did Hill Metal Establishment come into existence; where did the money for Flagship Investment Ltd and other companies set up/taken over by the son of the PM come from; and where do the huge sums gifted by Hussain Nawaz to Nawaz Sharif come from. The apex court has already empowered the JIT to summon Prime Minister Sharif and both his sons, as and when required.