Govt wants transparent investigation in Panama Papers case: Info Minister

"I appeared before the JIT even though I am fasting and will do so again if summoned", the prime minister's son told reporters after recording his statement.

In an interview, she said family members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are appearing before the Joint Investigation Team despite reservations on two of the JIT members.

Sources said that JIT, headed by FIA Additional Director General Wajid Zia, had put a bulk of questions on visibly jittery Hussain.

Sharif had got a temporary breather from the Supreme Court which said there was "insufficient evidence" to remove him from office but ordered setting up of a JIT to probe the graft allegations against his family.

On Monday, the apex court had rejected the objections raised by Hussain over two members of the JIT.

In his letter, the Qatari prince claims that Hussain Nawaz's grandfather had invested 12 million dirhams in the Al-Thani family's business in the 1980s, which eventually led him to acquire four Park Lane flats in the UK.

The premier's son, in a brief media interaction outside Federal Judicial Academy, said that he was kept waiting for two hours before interrogation could finally start. He will appear as many times as called, he said.

In addition, Prime Minister Sharif's second son Hasan Nawaz has also been summoned on Friday. He had already been summoned by the JIT.

Earlier, the JIT members had discussed the ways and means to verify and investigate the money trail of the London Mayfair flats submitted by Hussain Nawaz. The first option points out that two members would leave for Qatar to record the statement in relation to the probe.

The documents Mr Nawaz is likely to submit before the JIT include papers related to the grant of land issued by the Dubai Municipality, the land rent agreement for Gulf Steel Mills, partnership agreements, the incorporation certificate of offshore companies Nescoll and Nielsen, a trust deed that shows Maryam Nawaz as the trustee, and other documents related to the Jeddah factory, said the sources.

On his third arrival at FJA, Hussain was greeted by a horde of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) activists, including Islamabad's Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz, Hanif Abbasi, Daniel Aziz, Rawalpindi Mayor Sardar Naseem, PTDC MD Chaudhary Ghafoor and Deputy Mayor Zeeshan Ali Naqvi.

Ejaz Afzal Khan, the head of a three-judge special bench, also observed that the Supreme Court would not remove any member of the JIT on the basis of mere suspicions.

  • Zachary Reyes