The country's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, is being investigated by the Joint Investigative Team for corruption. The assets in question include four expensive flats in Park Lane, London. Also, the court handed over a notice of contempt to Jang-the media group for not reporting inaccurate facts of the JIT investigation, reported The Hindu.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday urged upon the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to immediately resign as the prime minister in light of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report.
The team that probed offshore assets of Sharif family said in its report that Maryam Nawaz claimed herself to be "trustee not the owner" of Avenfield properties in London, which linked her to Minerva Services and Samba Financial, Geo News reported.
The report alleged that there was "irregular movement of huge amounts in shape of loans and gifts" to Sharif's family and Pakistan Based companies from the companies based in Saudi Arabia, UAE and the UK. NOT a penny of public exchequer involved: "PMLN", Maryam Nawaz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter, posted on Twitter on behalf of the party.
Sharif, who has denied the money-laundering allegations against him and his family, held consultation with his close aides on Monday after the report was filed with the court, the Livemint report said.
The top leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) made it clear that the ruling party would not accept the findings of the JIT if the statements of a former Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani were not made part of the report.
JIT chief Wajid Zia presented the report along with evidence to a three-member special bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.
Meanwhile, today, Sharif rubbished the JIT's findings, dismissing the report as "trash" allegations that the Sharif family has accumulated wealth far above its earnings.
Three of Sharif's four children - Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz - are involved in numerous businesses having properties overseas.
With the Supreme Court now taking up the case once more, Sharif's political career hangs in the balance.
Other than that, in a separate scenario, the Supreme Court can also express no confidence in the investigation of the JIT against the Sharif family.