NAB didn’t take action since Panama Leaks surfaced: JIT report

ISLAMABAD (NNI): As scrutiny of the report of Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) continues, it has been reported on Wednesday that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) did not take any action since Panama Papers carried the Mossack Fonseca leak in April 2016, according to Wajid Zia-led probe committee.

Reportedly, NAB chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry kept cases against Sharif family out of his ‘priority list’ after assuming charge as the chairman of the bureau.

According to the report, Chaudhry had tasked the officials to conclude the pending cases within a period of ten months but references against the first family were not included in the list. Only four references were filed against the family whereas several cases were pending, according to the probe committee.

After Panama Papers surfaced last year, NAB did not collect information in the issue. The issue was taken up by the apex court in October last year and NAB did not taken any action even then, the report states.

The report further reads that the bureau is delaying probe against Sharif family from the ‘day one’ and action in cases against the family were delayed. JIT filed its report in the top court on July 10 after two months of scrutiny of record and interrogations of the first family including the Prime Minister (PM).

Premier s sons were summoned multiple times while his brother, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, daugher Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law appeared before the probe team once each.

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