SC sends order copies to departments seeking names for JIT

The Supreme Court on Friday, while sending copies of the order sheet on Panama Papers case, sought nominees from the heads of the six departments for the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) within seven days.

The departments, including Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) would be placed nominees before the judges in chambers for nomination and approval.

Supreme Court also sent copies to the establishment and other concerned departments.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier majority of the judges of the Supreme Court’s five-member bench ordered constitution of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in order to further probe the allegations with regards to Panama Papers case.

The three judges of the SC bench differed with the opinion of two other judges and directed for an appropriate probe in the case.

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, who headed the five-judge bench, announced the reserved order over a set of petitions moved by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Awami Muslim League.

In the wake of majority’s decision, the Supreme Court issued a direction to set up JIT to investigate and submit its report within 60 days about Panama Papers allegations.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan opted for the formation of a JIT, to find answers to certain questions raised by them in this order.



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