Two JIT men are politically aligned: Hussain Nawaz

Published: May 25, 2017

ISLAMABAD: A special bench of the Supreme Court has fixed for hearing a plea by one of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons, who has expressed his reservations over two members of the joint investigation team (JIT) probing offshore properties of ruling family in line with apex court’s Panamagate verdict.

The three-judge special bench will take up on May 29 Hussain Nawaz’s plea, objecting to Amer Aziz and Bilal Rasool, who respectively represent the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the six-member JIT.

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The judges included in the bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsen, were the ones who wrote the majority verdict in Panamagate case, and ordered formation of the JIT comprising one official each from six different institutions.

“We received applications of Hussain Nawaz Sharif, expressing reservations over two members of the JIT, namely Bilal Rasool and Amer Aziz.

“Let these applications be numbered and listed for hearing in the court on 29-05-2017. Notice to be issued to the applicant (Hussain) for said date,” said the order, passed by the bench in the chamber.

Hussain has alleged that one of them is a close friend of former president General Pervez Musharraf and was very active when a high treason case was being heard against Musharraf by a special court.

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He has claimed that the other one is said to be a relative of Punjab former governor Mian Azhar – a founding member of the PML-Q – and is currently aligned with the PTI.

Commenting on the development, senior lawyer Babar Awan, who has been close to the PTI chief Imran Khan, said sending applications directly to the apex court’s registrar was contempt of the court.

“Earlier the SC initiated contempt proceedings against former PM Raja Parvez Ashraf for writing letter to the chief justice of Pakistan. The SC should also initiate contempt proceedings against Hussain Nawaz in this matter,” Awan said while talking to the media persons.

The PTI lawyer Chaudhry Faisal Hussain expressed wonder why the SC registrar office kept the matter secret when he inquired about Hussain’s application on Wednesday.

“The SC Registrar Arbab Arif refused to share any information in this regard,” Hussain said, adding that he now expected that the office would now supply copies of these applications to the PTI chief before May 29.

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Another member of the Sharif family – the PM’s cousin Tariq Shafi – has also filed a complaint to the JIT head Wajid Zia against some of the JIT members, who allegedly misbehaved with him during interrogation. A copy of the complaint has also been sent to the SC registrar for perusal of the bench.

“Tariq Shafi has filed a complaint. There is an apprehension that some JIT members, who have political inclinations, may put pressure on witnesses to record a version best suited to the detractors. There may be a conflict of interest which may prejudice the enquiry,” a senior PML-N leader told The Express Tribune.

The source said Hussain Nawaz also sent an email endorsing the contents of Shafi’s complaint. “Hussain has contended that some JIT members are violating the apex court’s order,” he added.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • Sana
    May 25, 2017 - 9:29AM

    So there was absolutely no issue when they appointed the head for Dawn Leaks JIT from their ranks despite criticism from Media and Political Parties.Recommend

  • ali ahmed
    May 25, 2017 - 9:51AM

    loser hussain nawazRecommend

  • Kala_bacha
    May 25, 2017 - 9:55AM

    Crocodile tears flowing all over.Recommend

  • Khwaja
    May 25, 2017 - 9:58AM

    Are you saying that you have failed in buying these 2 guys out ? That I believe.

    Can we please wrap this cat and mouse show up soon ? I’m actually getting fed up with it.

    We are an illiterate nation that loves to be ruled by crooks. Sadistic. Recommend

  • Ali khan
    May 25, 2017 - 10:15AM

    Seems like the noose is closingRecommend

  • Ahmed
    May 25, 2017 - 10:16AM

    You mean they are not politically aligned with you :pRecommend

  • Shan
    May 25, 2017 - 10:50AM

    These leaches of pmln ruling family are shameless. Recommend

  • Khalid Javaid
    May 25, 2017 - 11:05AM

    If it is acceptable to have a prime minister whose commercial alignments & interests are with a hostile country, then what is wrong with having couple of JIT members who may have political affiliations……Recommend

  • Despak
    May 25, 2017 - 11:13AM

    What about the 3 judges politically aligned? You can’t own everyone…well I believe now price tag is quite highRecommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    May 25, 2017 - 11:27AM

    Maybe I am wrong, but Hussain Nawaz seems to be losing weight, no ?Recommend

  • MRK
    May 25, 2017 - 11:51AM

    So the first few JIT interviews have made it clear to them that they will probably support the two dissenting judges and thus they have started discrediting the JIT team. After the ruling is against them they will blame the JIT and how it was made up of “PTI sympathizers” and “the establishment”. Can’t run this time Nawaz. Recommend

  • Amir
    May 25, 2017 - 11:59AM

    There is no point of trying to be innocent now as people in Pakistan knows the reality very well now.

    Supreme Court was asking for money trail for couple of months and nothing was submitted so why are you crying when now JIT is investigating it.Recommend

  • chengez k
    May 25, 2017 - 11:59AM

    What a disgrace!!!!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 25, 2017 - 12:18PM

    This family should be investigated by civil servants and not former politicians? Are there no one left i the Sharif kingdom?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Lolz
    May 25, 2017 - 5:40PM

    So this British citizen would raise concerns over a team constituted by Supreme court and that after interrogations kicked off. Recommend

  • Shah
    May 25, 2017 - 9:03PM

    @Rollin & Trollin: ; Actually his brains have evaporated .. at least 1Kg lost; Recommend

  • F Khan
    May 26, 2017 - 3:09AM

    Whats the harm is replacing the 2 JIT members who Hussain think are baised with links to Pervaiz Musharaf and Mian Azhar. There are hundreds of competent employees in SBP and SECP someone else can be chosen to represent the investigation for JIT.A judge withdrew to represent the SC judicial commission for exactly the same reason because he was labelled by PTI as being a baised..Recommend

  • Faisal Afzal
    May 26, 2017 - 3:11AM

    I don’t understand this. Weren’t they celebrating a victory saying the courts had declared them corruption free? What is all this about then?Recommend

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