ISLAMABAD: A special bench of the Supreme Court (SC) overseeing implementation of the Panamagate verdict on Wednesday rejected the the Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan (SECP) and the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) nominees for a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons’ business dealings abroad. The three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan rejected the names of officials nominated by the SBP and SECP to be a part of the JIT, saying they did not meet the court’s requirements. The court directed the SECP chairman and SBP governor to appear in the next hearing and ordered them to provide lists of all officers in Grade 18 and above. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, in his comments during the hearing, said the court wants a neutral and clear investigation into the case.
“We want members of the JIT to be honest and competent,” he remarked. Justice Sheikh Azmat noted the court would not accept any excuse or delay. “Do not try to trick us, we will select the officers ourselves,” he said. The apex court adjourned the hearing to Friday, April 5. On April 20, a five-member larger bench of the apex court, in its verdict on the Panama Leaks case, had ordered the formation of a six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Meanwhile, the SC has also established a special section to help constitute the JIT. Additional registrar Mohammad Ali has been appointed as the coordinator and would be responsible for facilitating all communication between the JIT and the Supreme Court bench.