Sharif's brother appears before Panama Papers probe panel

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Investigators probing offshore properties of the Prime Minister's family revealed in the Panama papers Saturday questioned his younger brother.

Since Mr Sharif is one of the directors of Hudaibya Paper Mills, the JIT may also cross-check with him the information it has so far gathered regarding the Hudaibya reference as well as old litigation between the Paper Mills and Al-Tawfeeq Investment Co, the sources further said.

"I have put myself and my family up for trial and provided the details of financial transactions made even before my own birth", Mr. Sharif had told reporters after a almost two-hour-long questioning by the JIT on Thursday.

He said that he was asked to appear before the JIT because he was seen as somebody "acquainted with the facts of Panamagate".

The ruling party should realise that if the Panama case is indeed a conspiracy to unseat PML-N, then the combined opposition has played a grand game indeed - bringing together conspirators including journalists in Europe, bankers in the Caribbean and, of course, sleuths from the homeland.

It had questioned Sharif's sons - Hussain and Hasan - last month over the family's alleged improper business dealings.

Hussain Nawaz, elder son of prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Joint Investigation Team for five times while his brother Hassan had two sessions with the team.

Sharif had on Thursday appeared before the JIT, and was questioned for almost two hours.

She said that while the prime minister and the Sharif family had bowed before the law and the constitution, Imran had recklessly violated and denigrated the law and the constitution and used abusive language incessantly.

He claimed there wasn't a single penny's worth of corruption allegations in all the projects initiated by the PML-N government, such as the metro bus and Orange Line train, power projects and road infrastructure development schemes.

Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali raised serious doubts over JIT s performance, accusing it of spending too much time and energy on monitoring the media.

"It appears that a lot of time and energy is being consumed in gathering this material".

The AGP also informed the apex court about the replies submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the Law Ministry, Intelligence Bureau and the Prime Minister s Secretariat over JIT s allegations of non-cooperation and tampering of records.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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