Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday made his maiden appearance before a joint investigation team (JIT) probing Sharif family’s offshore properties in line with the apex court’s April 20 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
Addressing the media after his appearance before the inquiry team, the PM said he has accounted for every penny today. “I have just presented my stance before the JIT,” he told reporters outside the Federal Judicial Academy.
The SC ruled in April there was insufficient evidence to remove PM Nawaz from office over corruption allegations leveled by the opposition, but it ordered further investigations.
The premier upheld that all sources of his assets were already submitted to relevant authorities. “Today is a historic day for Pakistan’s judiciary. My whole family and I have presented ourselves for accountability.”
“Is there any family in Pakistan that has appeared for accountability other than mine,” he asked. “My personal businesses have nothing to do with federal treasury. And no matter how many conspiracies my rivals are hatching, they will not be successful.”
A confident premier added: “We are going to emerge successful not only from this test of time but also in the next general elections with a more overwhelming majority and people’s support.”
Earlier, as he arrived to appear before the team amid tight security, the premier was accompanied by his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his Hussain Nawaz.
Television footage showed a seemingly-relaxed PM Nawaz clad in traditional shalwar kameez and waving at party workers before entering the building in Sector H-8/4.
Police officials deployed outside the secretariat barred PML-N leaders Khawaja Asif and Ishaq Dar from entering the premises. Other political activists clashed with policemen and raised slogans against the authorities.