Pakistan court resumes Sharif 'corruption' hearings

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Pakistan court resumes Sharif 'corruption' hearings

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the ongoing victimization of his family in connection with the Supreme Court-ordered Panama Gate investigations is having an overall negative impact across Pakistan.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday evening, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said the report is a compilation of allegations hurled by political opponents of the PML-N.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah said four out of six JIT members were totally ignorant of the legal process of investigation.

The JIT's measure of recording and tapping phone calls is an illegal act, he further said.

Several security persons were deployed in the federal capital during appearances of the PM's sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, Punjab chief minister Shabaz Sharif and Federal finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar.

He said that all responsibility of derailing the democracy will lie on the shoulders of ruling party due to their continual denial of cooperating with JIT and efforts to sabotage the legitimacy of JIT but PTI will completely protect the JIT on every forum.

The Supreme Court is due to review the findings and will convene a hearing into the allegations on July 17.

The report added there was a "significant gap/disparity" between the declared sources of income and wealth accumulated by Sharif, his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

Meanwhile, Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for opposition leader Imran Khan's Pakistan Taherik-e-Insaf, claimed on Monday that the days of Sharif's government were numbered and that the Supreme Court is expected to announce some sort of decision based on the findings next week.

After receiving the JIT's report, a three-judge bench the court ordered the opening of a criminal case against Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan chairman Zafar Hijazi, who had been accused by a federal investigation agency of tampering records to favour Sharif's family.

He also resorted to personal attacks against members of the JIT, accusing them of being anti-PML-N. "He should go away and should be barred from leaving the country along with other family members", he said.

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