Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Prime Minister to come out victorious from courts: Marriyum

Prime Minister to come out victorious from courts: Marriyum

Security was tight ahead of Nawaz Sharif's appearance before the panel at the Judicial Academy in Islamabad. He pointed out that despite opportunity and severe back pain, he had willingly responded to the JIT's summons.

"We have proven that our family has respect for the law, unlike the military rulers who usurped power at gunpoint (in the past)", Shehbaz said, referring to several military Generals who in the past toppled elected governments. "They are charges against me and my family on a personal level about the family business", Sharif said after almost three hours of questioning by the six-member team.

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party has spearheaded the push against Mr. Sharif, had demanded his resignation.

Sharif said he and his family have repeatedly been subjected to merciless accountability but no allegation of corruption had ever been proved. "He had not even touched the questions about the money trail and evidence of their business empire".

Shahbaz Sharif is one of the directors of Hudaibya Paper Mills, and the JIT is reported to be keen to cross-check with him the information it has so far gathered regarding the Hudaibya reference as well as old litigation between the Paper Mills and Al-Tawfeeq Investment Co. Investigators said Shahbaz Sharif holds 10,000 shares in his name and 303,000 shares in the name of his daughter Rabia Shahbaz Sharif in the mills, that according to some reports were allegedly used for money laundering. "Every member of the party has expressed faith in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's leadership".

Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an anti-corruption investigation commission Thursday, in an ongoing case that has gripped Pakistan and threatened to topple him after the Panama Papers leak previous year. He said relatives had not siphoned money into off-shore concerns.

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