ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday submitted an application in the Supreme Court seeking three 'certified sets' of joint investigation team (JIT) report to file references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.
The NAB has also sought Volume-X of the report, which has been kept 'confidential' by the apex court on the request of JIT head Wajid Zia, as it could help in further investigations.
The NAB has already received one 'certified set' of the JIT report containing nine volumes. In its application, NAB stated that it has to file four references against Nawaz Sharif and his family and that JIT report's certified copies were required to attach with each reference.
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court registrar has already turned down NAB's request seeking Volume-X of the JIT report.
On July 31, 2017, the NAB had asked its Director General (DG) Balochistan, Irfan Naeem Mangi, to implement the Supreme Court's July 28 order in the Panama Papers case.
Mangi, who was part of the JIT that probed Sharif family's business concerns and dealings, will file references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif; his children Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz; son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar; Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others named in the Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case. In its July 28 verdict disqualifying former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the Supreme Court had granted NAB six-week time to move corruption references against Nawaz Sharif and his family members before the Rawalpindi accountability court.
Published in Daily Times, August 12th 2017.