PM Nawaz Sharif appears before Panama JIT


Appearance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before the Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Thursday is being considered a significant move in the country's politics across the political divide, dubbing it a historic event.

Sharif is the first sitting Pakistani prime minister to appear before an investigating panel.

As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took to the dias to address media personnel on Thursday after he was quizzed by the Joint Investigation Team probing his alleged offshore wealth, body language experts stated that the premier looked nervous.

Thursday's developments came almost two months after the Supreme Court, after hearing petitions for months against the prime minister and his family, ruled there was not enough evidence to remove Sharif from office but ordered a further investigation into the allegations.

Mr. Sharif has denied any wrongdoing. His political opponents want the prime minister to resign over allegations of tax evasion and concealing foreign investment.

"It is now time that the emblem of truth and right be upheld", he said, claiming that charges against him had nothing to do with embezzlement of national exchequer but were related to his private family business.

Body language experts decoded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's appearance after he stepped out of the Federal Judicial Academy after appearing before JIT.

Khans party had spearheaded the Panama case against Sharif and his family. He pointed out that Nawaz Sharif had willfully presented himself and his family for accountability, despite the fact that the harshest critics can not blame any corruption on him. It has also summoned Shahbaz Sharif to appear before it on June 17.

Sharif appears before probe panel over Panama leaks, says has done nothing wrong.

The JIT questioned Hussain Nawaz, the Prime Minister's elder son, on May 28.

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

"This reflected his magnanimity as despite holding the office of Prime Minister i.e. head of government he presented himself before government officers assigned a job by the Supreme Court, said Babbar, a chartered Accountant by profession".

The JIT comprises anti- corruption officials, along with members of the powerful spy agency ISI and the Military Intelligence.