PESHAWAR, 13 June: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children has told the Supreme Court that state institutions are tampering with the record and documents required in the case.
Media reports said the JIT made this assertion in its written application to the apex court on Monday. The written statement to the three-member bench of the SC said impediments were being created in the work of the JIT. However, it was not told which institutions or officials were creating such impediments. It said completion of investigations within two months under the orders of the court in such circumstances will be impossible.
Justice Ijaz Afzal, head of the three-member SC bench, told the additional attorney general to submit reply to the JIT allegations as a representative of the Federation, not as a party. The additional attorney general was also told to point out such elements if the allegations were found to be true.
Meanwhile, the JIT rejected the allegation that it had leaked the picture of Hussain Nawaz, son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The JIT said investigation in this regard is underway.
Under the 20 April orders of the apex court on Panama case, a JIT headed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officer Wajid Zia has been formed which has been mandated to probe the case in two months.