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Egypt’s Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

UAE and Saudi Arabia to normalize their secret relations with Israel

Dodging accountability courts: Did establishment give a safe passage to Nawaz Sharif?

Netanyahu Says Trump Promised to ‘Fix’ Iran Deal

Free Balochistan: An insider to heavily funded Indian campaign against Pakistan

95,000 patients waiting for unknown fate from the continued closure of Sanaa airport

Brutal lynching: Can Pakistan courts provide Justice to Mashal Khan?

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to al Qaeda?

Why has a UK team genetically edited human embryos?

How Russia came to Pakistan’s help?

Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

Such TV | Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

President Trump calls for a holocaust on the floor of the United Nations

Iran infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

United States supplying weapons worth $2.2B to Syrian terrorists organization

LUBP | How dishonest “Social Justice Warriors” work to curb the religious freedoms of targeted groups

“Go Nawaz Go” Makes it to Speed Test Server!

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Free Balochistan: A joint venture of RAW and CIA to burry CPEC

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

UAE’s ambassador to the U.S considers Saudi Arabia responsible for the ruining of the UAE’s good name

Rabbani seeks official response on anti-Pakistan posters in Switzerland

Nawaz Sharif must not appear before NAB court: Maryam

Trump says if threatened, US will 'totally destroy' North Korea

EXCLUSIVE – Interview with Dr. S.M. Kazem Mesbah Mousavi, Imam Ali Centre Canada

More than 800 Shia pilgrims have to stay at Taftan border for a week

Five eminent Shia scholars banned from entering Gilgit under unjust policy of balance

57 accused charge-sheeted in Mashal Khan lynching case

Nisar lashes out at Khaqan Abbasi, Asif for statements on ‘internal matters’

Pakistan team kicks off training, ahead of Sri Lanka series in UAE

Bank of China permitted to start operations in Pakistan

Pakistan protests with Switzerland over ‘Free Balochistan’ posters

Nawaz Sharif, children fail to appear in court; summons reissued

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

Was NA-120 election rigged?

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

US’ Black Hawk Down in Yemen

Outrage in Egypt over Israeli Flag in educational book

Russo-Saudi closeness: What are two sides’ goals?

Arrest warrants: Should Imran Khan present himself before ECP?

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

How CIA and Raw are funding Pakistani separatists: An Inside story

An old desire: Is Gov trying to place ISI under civilian control?

Certain Western states still back terror groups in Syria: Assad

Iran, Pakistan army chiefs urge Muslim world action to end Rohingya plight

Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of ‘second Israel’

Myanmar says US official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

Iraq’s Nujaba Movement condemns terrorist attacks in Nasiriyah

Unofficial results show PML-N’s Kulsoom set to win NA-120 by-election

Is China using North Korea to break US's Super power's myth?

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

UK arms sales benefiting most from Middle East wars

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

US policy shift: Would Pakistan turn into another Iran for US?

Has Trump become a leader of Arab nationalism?

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

Would a defeat in NA-120 would end PML-N's politics from Punjab?

Rohingyas of Karachi struggle to deal with identity crisis

Guilt of war crimes: Suicide among US war veterans highest in west

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Off Visit to Paris for Fear of Popular Uprising

Iqna | Georgian Muslim Cleric Urges Boycotting Myanmar to End Massacre of Rohingya

Mehr News | ‘Saudi Arabia, Taliban like brothers’

Such TV | JUIF rejects hiring educated imams in KP mosques

Why US is not happy with Deir Ez-Zor’s recapture from ISIS?

The United States and Russia rejected the request of Israel to keep Iran far from the Syrian border

Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

Paradiagm shift: Pakistan’s big ‘No” to US aid

Did PML-N verbal attacks on Judiciary affected the Panama review appeal?

Saudi Arabia, Sudan banned from Labour party conference

Kulbhoshan Yadav’s case: Why ICJ will not give decision in favor of Pakistan?

Why emergence of Hafiz Saeed linked-MML in Pakistani politics is almost inevitable

UNICEF says 240,000 Rohingya kids in dangerous situation

We will sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness', says North Korea

Pakistan Still Hasn’t Received Trump’s Demand List

Saudi security: detained preachers are members of spying cell

Russia urges Syria not to retaliate against Israel airstrike

Controversial Saudi Prince detained

Facts hidden by the UAE about its military aircraft crashed in Yemen and the fate of its crew

‘Blue Whale’ taking a bite out of K-P

Who is pressurising NAB to file appeal in Hudaibiya case?

China Backs UN Call for Justice in Yemen; US, Saudis Object to Move

Deepening rift: Would PML-N meet the same fate of MQM?

A dangerous tactics: Why Daesh is targeting IT experts from Pakistan universities?

Ansarullah missiles can reach anywhere in UAE: Houthi

Iran a partner in Syrian victory: Assad's letter to Ayatollah Khamenei

MEHR | Saudi Arabia, Israel paving way for US military presence on China border

LUBP | All Deobandi-Salafi right wings parties are on same Page

Pakistan is Among Bottom 5 Countries for Education & Skills Development

Such News | Pak-China Shaheen-VI joint air exercise underway at China's Korla Air Base

Tasnim | Assad Thanks Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran for Backing Syria in War on Terror

HRW: Israel banks financing settlements

Israel’s war against the United Nations

JIT


Volume X carries new evidence against Sharifs

1396/6/20 | 09:43
  The government received more than a dozen documentary files from six countries, which were clubbed by the National Accountability (NAB) with its four interim references filed against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday.   “Around 17 communications have been received from six countries -- these are actionable evidence (against the Sharifs)," a senior official of NAB confided to this correspondent. The Central Authority of Switzerland responded to two requests providing all details the Joint Investigation ...

Does Nawaz's ouster mean chaos for Pakistan?

1396/5/8 | 09:43
  The ousting of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left a power vacuum at the top of the nuclear-armed country, yet experts say that in the long run it is unlikely to be destabilising.     Nawaz’s disqualification Friday by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations denies him the chance of becoming the country’s first prime minister to complete a full five-year term.   Yet despite the country’s history of military rule, power will likely remain within the hands of a civilian government — and probably ...

Why Nawaz Sharif is axed: The complete picture you need to know

1396/5/7 | 09:43
The Supreme Court of Pakistan constituted a five member bench to make a decision on the Panama Paper leaks and whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family were eligible for government offices. Today, the bench released its final decision on the subject after a 60-day investigation from the SC appointed JIT. It is now public knowledge that the decision came against the Sharif family. Members of the family have been disqualified and Nawaz Sharif has been forced to relinquish his office as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. However, there’s ...

The story which led to Nawaz Sharif's disqualification

1396/5/7 | 09:43
  What culminated yesterday in disqualification of Nawaz Sharif started on April 4, 2016, when The News in collaboration with International Centre for Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) and German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung exposed hundreds of Pakistani politicians, businessmen, bankers as well as judges having offshore companies.     The findings were based on a year-long investigation of The News that obtained access to the otherwise best-kept secrets of the world.     Our correspondent, Umar Cheema, who is ...

Panama Case verdict: Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif

1396/5/6 | 09:43
A five-judge Supreme Court bench has declared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to rule in the much-awaited verdict in the Panamagate case. According to ARY Islamabad Bureau Chief Sabir Chief, the apex court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in its historic judgement. The court also ordered  that all cases of the Sharif family including PM Nawaz Sharif be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, announced the judgement. Justice Khosa is the same judge who had given ...

Saudi Arabia, India or the US – who is conspiring against Nawaz Sharif and why?

1396/5/5 | 09:43
  At the beginning of this month, the government found itself in something of a pickle. Regardless of a dubious WhatsApp call fiasco and alleged political proclivities of the joint investigation team (JIT) members, the Sharifs had failed miserably in elucidating a tangible money trail for their opulent assets abroad.      To truly offset the velocity of the storm they faced, they would have to counter attack with something far more potent and invidious – something powerful enough to offset the damning reality of their inconclusive ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: What is inside the classified Volume 10 of the JIT report?

1396/4/30 | 09:43
The Supreme Court (SC) today opened Volume X of the joint investigation team's (JIT) report, which was earlier marked "confidential", also providing a copy of the chapter to Nawaz Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Harris. The JIT, tasked with investigating allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family, submitted its report to the SC on July 10. Volume X of the report, titled "Mutual Legal Assistance Requests ─ Ongoing", is related to JIT's international correspondence and the documents obtained from foreign countries during the investigation.   In ...

JIT law firm is ‘one man show’

1396/4/29 | 09:43
  Head of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Wajid Zia has said that he chose to hire services of his cousin Akhtar Raja because of his professionalism and the repute of his company but an investigation shows that Akhtar Raja’s Quist Solicitors is only a one-man show and accounts of the law firm look in poor shape.    It has been alleged that Wajid Zia favoured his cousin Akhtar Riaz Raja by giving him work in the UK while hiding the fact that his cousin’s law firm has been making losses and never carried out any financial ...

Hanging fate: What is better choice for PM, NAB or Court’s verdict?

1396/4/29 | 09:43
  The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel point-blank whether the judges should form their own opinion over the concealment of facts by his client or refer the matter to an accountability court.     Legal experts believe that by making up their own mind, the top court could be moving towards the possibility of disqualifying the prime minister by invoking Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.     In its April 20 judgement, a five-judge Supreme Court bench had held that ...

Confession of Saudia Iqama: Is Nawaz Sharif has been screwed?

1396/4/28 | 09:43
  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was issued an Iqama(residence permit) by the UAE government for being the chairman of the board of Capital FZE, an offshore firm exposed by the six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked to probe the Sharif family’s offshore wealth, the premier’s counsel accepted on Tuesday.     “Hassan Nawaz [PM’s son] was the owner of Capital FZE and PM Nawaz was only designated as Chairman of the Board of this offshore company but he did not receive any salary,” Khawaja Haris told the apex court’s ...

An inside informer to JIT: Who betrayed Sharif family?

1396/4/28 | 09:43
  A cabinet minister handed over the documents which alleges Sharif family’s possession of assets beyond their known sources of income to the Joint Investigation Team, a senior journalist has claimed.     Speaking in a talk show, journalist and anchorperson Hamid Mir said a member of the Sharif family provided information and documents allegedly pertaining to their offshore companies to the JIT team.   “An insider is involved in this. The documents have been provided by someone from the Sharif family. A cabinet ...

End of Panamagate: All stage set to disqualify PM

1396/4/27 | 09:43
  As the Supreme Court (SC) resumed hearing the Panama Papers case on Monday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the Sharif family's lawyers submitted separate objections to the "damning" final report of the joint investigation team (JIT) that probed allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family.     In the objections filed before the SC, the Sharif family and the finance minister rejected the JIT report and argued that the team had exceeded its mandate.       The bench heard arguments from lawyers ...

JIT Report: Top 10 legal minds on what next

1396/4/26 | 09:43
  As the country awaits the result of Joint Investigation Team’s report on the assets of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s family after it has been furnished with the Supreme Court Implementation Bench, senior legal minds differ on the procedure to be adopted next.   Some are of view that the Implementation Bench will examine the JIT report, issue notices to the parties and decide the case, while a few say the report is for the satisfaction of judges only and they can decide on their own after the report comes before them.   Some ...

A wind of change: Pakistan towards a corruption free state

1396/4/26 | 09:43
  The joint investigation team (JIT) looking into the Panama Papers case has recommended reopening five cases decided by the Lahore High Court (LHC), eight investigations and two inquiries against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.     Of these 15 cases, three were registered during the 1994 and 2011 tenures of the PPP and 12 were prepared during the Musharraf regime, soon after Gen Musharraf toppled the Sharif government in the October 1999 military coup.     The case regarding the Sharif family’s four London apartments ...

Is Ch.Nisar happy over PM’s indictment?

1396/4/25 | 09:43
When it came to extend all support to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PML-N parliamentary party meeting on Friday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was conspicuous by his brief appearance and a sour speech. The meeting was called at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the party’s reaction to the joint investigation team (JIT) report, submitted to the Supreme Court bench, and the future strategy of the party to deal with the opposition’s demands for the PM’s resignation. PM Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting.     According ...

A tainted PM: Hanging sword of disqualification on Sharif’s family

1396/4/24 | 09:43
  Up till now the opposition has been unanimous in its demands that the Prime Minister step down.   With most media houses and commentators joining this call, the demands have gotten pretty deafening – but Nawaz Sharif has stood firm. The opposition’s bold proclamations that the Prime Minister will be gone by the end of the week seem premature now.     Other parties have also joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ministers in defending the premiership. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman ...

PM trapped: What is that evidence that alone can send Nawaz Sharif packing?

1396/4/23 | 09:43
  The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which submitted a damning report on the offshore assets of the Sharif family on Monday, has come up with some crucial evidence which might be sufficient to send Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif packing.     The six-member probe team has submitted a key document to confirm that Sharif was employed with the Capital FZE as its board chairman from August 6, 2006 to April 20, 2014.   The document – a letter from Shehab Sultan Mesmar of the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) dated July 4 – ...

Would PML-N reject minus Nawaz formula?

1396/4/22 | 09:43
  The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) has made it clear that it will not accept the minus-Nawaz Sharif formula and will take on the opposition with stern answer on its malicious campaign against the government and the prime minister.     It has been decided that no heed would be paid to the demand made by the opposition for quitting of the prime minister and assemblies. No formula would even be considered where Nawaz Sharif is targeted. It was observed that an attempt was being made to bring a judicial 58-2(B).     The ...

Use of Calibri: Will a font send Pakistan's first family to prison?

1396/4/22 | 09:43
The joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the ruling Sharif family's financial history may have found many 'anomalies' in the respondents' statements; but none quite captured the public imagination like the fact that key documents submitted by Maryam Nawaz were found to be 'faked' — given away by their use of the Calibri font.     The font is playing a pivotal role as investigators continue to ask questions to the family members of embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over their illegal offshore properties flagged in the Panama ...

From JIT to NAB: A question mark on PML-N's political career

1396/4/21 | 09:43
  The JIT has submitted its report and the court will hold its next hearing on Monday.      The JIT appears to have recommended that the matter be turned over to the National Accountability Bureau for further proceedings. But the JIT has no legal power to enforce its own recommendations; it is the Supreme Court that will have to make a decision whether to turn the matter over to NAB or indeed whether Mr Sharif can be immediately disqualified.   The JIT is sufficiently concerned about the evident disparities regarding ...

Post JIT: Is Nawaz Sharif mulling to resign?

1396/4/21 | 09:43
  Top PML-N officials met at PM House on Tuesday to discuss the party's legal and political strategy following the submission to the apex court of a damning inquiry report probing the Sharif family's wealth a day earlier.       The 'unofficial' meeting was held to review the Supreme Court-sanctioned joint investigation team's report, according to DawnNews. Sources said the PML-N's legal team briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the JIT report. Participants of the meeting also discussed points of argument regarding ...

JIT report submitted: What is inside the bag?

1396/4/20 | 09:43
  Finally the much awaited JIT report has been submitted to Supreme Court yesterday and now all eyes are on Supreme Court.   Some are of the view that the implementation bench will examine the JIT’s report, issue notices to the parties and decide the case, while a few say that the JIT report is for the satisfaction of the judges only and they can decide at their own after the report comes before them.     Some senior lawyers and legal minds were of the view that implementation bench will send the JIT report to the ...

JIT report: Did establishment save Nawaz Sharif once again?

1396/4/20 | 09:43
While answering 13 questions raised by the Panama Bench of the Supreme Court, the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has not held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible of any wrongdoing, it is learnt from the sources close to the JIT.     The JIT has cast some doubts about the prime minister in absence of any reasonable evidence but at no place has held the Prime Minister responsible of doing any illegal thing.     The JIT in its final report while giving its findings about question 5 has declared that the Sharif ...

DAWN | Sharif family's lifestyle doesn't match their income, observes JIT

1396/4/19 | 09:43
  Noting that the Sharif family’s lifestyle does not match their income, the joint investigation team (JIT) probing their offshore assets has recommended filing of reference against PM Nawaz Sharif and his sons with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Members of the high-powered JIT submitted on Monday its fourth and final, 254-page report to the apex court. “Failure on the part of all Respondents to produce the requisite information confirming “known sources of income’ is prima facie tantamount to not being ablento justify ...

Smelling the rat: Can Qatari Prince save Nawaz Sharif?

1396/4/19 | 09:43
  Ina reply to the JIT letter, the prince has made it clear that he does not recognise the jurisdiction of Pakistani laws and courts, and that the JIT asserting otherwise was “inappropriate”.   For a citizen of a sovereign nation to state that he does not accept the laws of another country is entirely uncontroversial. Quite why it was thought that Prince Al-Thani could be pressurised in this way is inexplicable.   The prince did reiterate his willingness to be questioned in his palace and the JIT now has to decide if ...

Tampering proved: Who asked Chairman SECP to change the Sharif family’s record?

1396/4/19 | 09:43
In a major development, a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team has found the chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) guilty of tampering records of the companies owned by the Sharif family, and recommended registration of an FIR against him.     On June 19, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court – headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan – had directed the FIA director general to launch an inquiry into the allegations by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that the SECP had tampered with the records ...

SUCH TV | Qatari Prince refutes accepting jurisdiction off Pakistani laws as JIT gears up to submit final report

1396/4/17 | 09:43
Days before the Joint Investigation Team is scheduled to complete its rigorous probe, Qatari Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani has clarified that he did not accept the jurisdiction of Pakistani laws and courts.   In the latest letter written to the six-member Joint Investigation Team tasked to probe offshore assets of Sharif family, the prince categorically rejected JIT’s contention of applying jurisdiction of Pakistani laws and court on him.   The letter which was submitted to the JIT through e-mail and fax on Thursday ...

Shooting the messenger: Has JIT tightened the noose around Prime Minister?

1396/4/16 | 09:43
  The prime minister's elder son, Hussain Nawaz, while speaking to the media after being questioned by a Supreme Court-sanctioned joint investigation team (JIT) probing his family's business dealings abroad, warned investigators against using 'unconstitutional means' to gather evidence, and insisted that no evidence of wrongdoing by his family could be found.     After his sixth question-and-answer session with the investigators, Hussain appeared frustrated at being called repeatedly to answer allegations, insisting that "these ...

Maryam before JIT: Is PML-N deliberately degrading PM’s family?

1396/4/15 | 09:43
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz said that she will turn out to be her father’s strength rather than weakness.     “If you target Nawaz Sharif’s daughter just because she’s the daughter of the prime minister, she’ll fight back,” Maryam told reporters outside the Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad, following her appearance before the high-powered joint investigation team (JIT).   “If someone says I will make them [ruling family] cry, they should know only God can make someone subdue ...

Why Qatri prince is dragging his foot from JIT probe?

1396/4/14 | 09:43
  For the third time, Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani has refused to visit the Pakistan Embassy to record his statement in Panama Leaks case.   Sources told that the prince has asked the authorities to come to his house if they want to record his statement for the panama case.       According to Qatari sources, no witness can record the statement in such circumstances which appeared after the leaked photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son, while he was being questioned by JIT at the Judicial ...

Who’s drafting Panama JIT reports?

1396/4/12 | 09:43
   A source related to banking, who has close association with one of the members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers case, confirmed to this scribe that majority of the JIT members were not even given the time to go through the documents which were being submitted before the apex court by the JIT and they were only asked to sign them at the eleventh hour.     Not only this, documentary evidence and two latest proof surfaced have shown beyond an iota of doubt that even the controversial complaint ...

JIT report: Would minus Nawaz formula work?

1396/4/12 | 09:43
    The powerful six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with probing the business dealings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons abroad is entering a crucial stage, with the investigation heading towards conclusion.     JIT was in the process of winding up the probe by next week, after which it would finish compiling the final investigation report by the second week of July before it was submitted to the apex court by the July 10 deadline.     On Saturday, the JIT in its meeting reviewed ...

In a fix: Can Maryam Nawaz face JIT?

1396/4/11 | 09:43
  The Panama Papers case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz on July 5.   According to sources, the premier's elder son Hussain Nawaz has been summoned on July 4 and his younger brother, Hasan, on July 3.    The PML-N appears to be simultaneously arguing that the daughter of the prime minister is capable enough to succeed her father as the leader of the party, and perhaps the country one day, and needs to be shielded from answering questions by a legally constituted ...

Tempering proved: The last nail in Nawaz Sharif’s coffin

1396/4/10 | 09:43
  In what could be a real setback to Sharifs in the on-going Panama case investigations, the JIT’s allegation regarding record tampering and backdated noting and signing of SECP’s 2013 documents of Chaudhary Sugar Mills probe in 2016 have been proved correct, it is learnt.     Informed sources said that heads may roll as the SECP officials though confirm that the probe against Sharifs’ sugar mills was actually dropped in 2013, in one of the two files of the SECP on the subject the entry of the closure of the Chaudhry ...

Was the Panama JIT hijacked before its constitution?

1396/4/6 | 09:43
  The Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT)'s work has exposed its own reality as its recent report shared with the SC shows that someone has started work for the JIT even before its setting up by the Supreme Court.­­     Who is running the show on behalf of the JIT is not yet officially known, but the JIT complaint regarding obstructions being created in its functioning submitted on June 12 revealed some unbelievable facts about JIT's pre-birth work.     JIT documents reveal that the team members monitored comments ...

The Inside game: Would Capt (R) Safdar become an approver in Panama case?

1396/4/6 | 09:43
  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Captain Safdar reached the Federal Judicial Academy on Saturday to present himself before the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers case.     PML-N leader Anjum Iqbal met the prime minister's son outside the JIT's secretariat, while a number of PML-N supporters gathered outside the academy in Captain Safdar's support. In a related development, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) notified the names of three officers who will look into the JIT's allegation that ...

Agencies face off: Is IB and MI are face to on Panama JIT?

1396/4/2 | 09:43
  Civilian intelligence-gathering networks deployed against the JIT; military intelligence-gathering networks deployed against the civilian leadership; and a vast dossier compiled on the media, witnesses before the JIT and sundry citizens.     While the Supreme Court has rightly chastised the Intelligence Bureau for its unwelcome, arguably intimidatory surveillance of the JIT, the role of the military intelligence agencies has escaped meaningful censure so far.     From Mehrangate to the JIT, the military-led intelligence ...

After JIT report submission: What could be the possible decision of SC?

1396/3/29 | 09:43
    The Supreme Court will have at least three options before it to choose one of them on the receipt of the conclusive report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that it formed to look into certain business dealings of the Sharif family.     One possibility will arise when the apex court will find the final JIT findings or even a partial report at some stage very convincing and unimpeachable. It then may decide to consider the matter of disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as member of the National Assembly ...

Accused of phone-tapping: Who is helping JIT?

1396/3/28 | 09:43
  The Prime Minister House has accused the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing into the Panamagate case of tapping phones and monitoring witnesses, which is in violation of the law and the Constitution.     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’.   In a four-page response which he has submitted in the Supreme Court, AGP Ashtar stated that the JIT application spanned more than ...

Palace intrigues: Does Shahbaz Sharif want PM’s disqualification

1396/3/28 | 09:43
  Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, while talking to the media after his appearance in front of the joint investigation team (JIT) on Saturday, said he was asked to appear before the team as somebody "acquainted with the facts of the Panamagate scandal."       The Punjab CM added that even though he had severe back pain, he did not flee from the JIT's summons."I did not go away to London, never to return, like other politicians [have done in the past]," Sharif said.     He added: "The prime minister of Pakistan ...

Inside story of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's JIT questioning

1396/3/27 | 09:43
  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday told the JIT that neither did he own nor did he hold any beneficial interest in the family’s Middle Eastern businesses, the London properties or the offshore companies nor was he ever involved in any transaction to acquire such businesses and properties.   Informed sources said that the premier told the JIT that he had not been director of any of the companies since 1985 as he had dedicated himself to full-time politics.     The sources informed that the interaction between ...

Appearing before JIT: How did Nawaz Sharif make fun of JIT?

1396/3/27 | 09:43
    The ruling party on Thursday claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the joint investigation team as an ‘ordinary citizen’, but the facts state the opposite.   “History has been made today. [The] prime minister has arrived without any protocol, riding his personal vehicle. He comes here like an ordinary citizen,” PM’s Special Assistant Asif Kirmani told the media upon the PM’s arrival at the Federal Judicial Academy.     The only thing missing from the regular VVIP protocol the prime ...

Possible questions by JIT and their expected replies by PM

1396/3/26 | 09:43
  Shahzeb Khanzada in his Geo programme  summed up the possible questions Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that were possibly asked during his appearance before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and his possible replies to these questions.     Yesterday was  a historic day when an elected prime minister appeared before the country’s institutions to give reply to the allegations and questionns raised on him. But what were the possible questions and their answers.   Shahzeb Khanzada said we lay before you the position ...

PM before JIT: A shame or dignity?

1396/3/26 | 09:43
  As Nawaz Sharif became the first sitting prime minister to record a statement before a joint investigation team (JIT) probing his family's alleged corruption on Thursday.     "It is the only example of its kind in the history of Pakistan when a sitting prime minister is going to appear before an investigation team. The prime minister should have resigned before he appeared before the JIT for investigation by grade-21 officers.   Prima facie, government officials or agencies that are under the control of the government ...

PM Nawaz appears before Panama JIT

1396/3/25 | 09:43
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the joint investigation team (JIT) probing his family's alleged corruption as was reported during the Panama Papers leaks, at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) in Islamabad Today. He earlier arrived at the JIT secretariat amid tight security and an extensive protocol.   The prime minister appeared comfortable and relaxed as he arrived at the JIT secretariat. He waved at party workers and responded to their slogans and chants before entering the building. He was accompanied by his brother Shahbaz ...

Threats, tampering and hurdles: Would military intervene in JIT probe?

1396/3/25 | 09:43
  The joint investigation team (JIT) probing allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family has made startling allegations accusing government institutions and departments of tampering records, creating obstacles in the probe and even threatening members of the six-member team.      The JIT informed the Supreme Court about the various challenges they have been facing in concluding the investigation within the stipulated two-month timeframe.     Led by Federal Investi­gation Agency (FIA) Additional Director ...

Tainted by corruption: Did Pakistan lose an opportunity to lead Muslim world?

1396/3/24 | 09:43
    The Panama case judgment and the ongoing inquiries by the JIT have damaged Nawaz Sharif’s position both at home and abroad.     The Prime Minister is now scheduled to appear before the Joint Investigation Team to prove his innocence.   At this juncture the PM has been called upon to play a role in resolving the feud between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Pakistan has friendly relations with both which makes it difficult for it to side with one against the other. What is more, Pakistan’s foreign policy tenets ...

Will the record tampering allegation be probed?

1396/3/24 | 09:43
    The report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in response to the complaint regarding the photoleak highlighted a very important aspect that the JIT had completed the investigation within 24 hours after the photoleak on June 5 and also intimated the implementation bench immediately before the filing of Hussain Nawaz’s application.     However, during the previous hearing into the case, there was no remark from the bench on this count and even the three-member bench sought JIT comments on Hussain’s application ...

An internal rift: Why Qatri prince refused to appear before JIT?

1396/3/23 | 09:43
  The government has failed to convince Prince Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani of Qatar to testify before the joint investigation team (JIT) probing into the offshore properties of the Sharif family.       Sources told The Express Tribune that Pakistan’s former attorney general Salman Aslam Butt and former chief of the defunct Ehtesab Bureau Saifur Rehman had been tasked to convince the Qatari royal to visit Pakistan for recording his statement before the JIT.     Subsequently, Butt had visited Qatar ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: Is Tahir ul Qadri working as Nawaz Sharif’s henchman?

1396/3/22 | 09:43
  Prominent cleric and head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Tahirul Qadri, in his return to Pakistan on Sunday, alleged that the joint investigation team (JIT) probing allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family is working as an 'election cell' for the ruling PML-N.     Qadri, who spoke to reporters at Lahore airport upon his arrival from Canada, claimed that the criticisms that have been levelled against the JIT by Hussain Nawaz and two other witnesses, are all part of a "plot".     This criticism is a plot. ...