The PM, the JIT and the election

Several Pakistanis living in the United States have hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for appearing before the Joint Investigation Team, saying that it showed the government's respect for the judiciary and supremacy of law.

Shehbaz, the 65-year-old Punjab chief minister, made the remarks while talking to media after appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which grilled him for almost four hours in connection with the high-profile Panamagate graft case against Sharifs. Nawaz once again read out what he wanted to say, vindicating critics who are convinced has trouble holding an impromptu conversation.

Imran referred to Shahbaz Sharif as the "Mujrim-e-Aala" and said that there was no chance of a conspiracy against the Sharif family since this issue was exposed in the Panama Papers scandal.

He is the first sitting prime minister of Pakistan to be directly questioned by investigators.

Sharif said he and his family have repeatedly been subjected to merciless accountability but no allegation of corruption had ever been proved.

"I did not go away to London, never to return, like other politicians". They further said the JIT was likely to ask Shahbaz questions related to the establishment of the Gulf Steel Mills by his family in the UAE and its subsequent sale.

Qatar's former Prime Minister Prince Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani has promised to provide details of his businesses with the Sharif family if JIT members visit him in Doha.

He was accompanied by a large delegation that included Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The JIT is bound to complete the probe in 60 days unless it is granted additional time.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister House accused the JIT of tapping phones and monitoring witnesses, which it said was in violation of the law and the Constitution.

  • Leroy Wright