Despite Panama Papers investigation, Nawaz Sharif remains a billionaire

“It should be noted that these allegations have nothing to do with my tenure as prime minister and are not charges of corruption”. He stated that there were certain measures taken in former President Pervez Musharraf era, but then the Sharif family was ousted from the country with 40 suitcases following a deal.He said that he was asked to appear before the JIT because he was seen as somebody “acquainted with the facts of Panamagate”.The JIT summoned Sharif last week to “appear and associate with the JIT and also bring all relevant record”.Sure, the prime minister created history by appearing before the JIT the other day. “In the United States, top government officials appear before parliamentary committee to respond to allegations against them, but there are others who use their constitutional right to refuse to answer any questions”.Sharif informed that he has told the JIT his point of view and all the documents related to his assets, which are already with the Supreme Court, have been provided to the JIT now.Apart from Mr. Nawaz, the JIT has questioned his sons — Hussain and Hasan — last month over the family’s alleged improper business dealings.He was accompanied by a large delegation that included Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.Maryam Nawaz, the presumptive heir of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has categorically rejected a recent news item alleging her party will elect a replacement prime minister if her father is disqualified from office.The JIT is bound to complete the probe in 60 days unless it is granted additional time.A meeting of the prime minister with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul al-Aziz can not be ruled out, sources said further. “Lots of institutes were nationalised during that time period”.This is published unedited from the PTI feed.