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JIT recommends reopening 15 cases against Sharif

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in a serious situation after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) found that the ruling family has been living beyond its means and has failed to provide a legitimate trail of its investments overseas.Chairman Imran Khan held a high-level meeting of senior party leaders over Panama case hearing today. This is the main reason why people in Pakistan have started speculating that the army may be planning to initiate another coup in Pakistan.The Sharifs are disputing the allegations in the JIT report, but Maryam may face an investigation by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).A three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal is set to hear the Panamagate implementation case in the light of six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report on Monday.The trust deed of the four flats located in London’s upscale Park Lane neighbourhood, executed between Maryam Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz – the Prime Minister’s children – in February 2006, was found to be false by the JIT, Bukhari told the apex bench.Sharif narrowly escaped being ousted after the Supreme Court in April said it did not have sufficient evidence to oust the leader. However, Sharif termed the report as “baseless”.Khawja Harris on behalf of Sharif filed a response to the JIT report, rejecting its findings and accusing it of bias and violation of the original mandate. This massive increase has been noted to have happened during the year 1992-93 when Sharif was the Prime Minister of the country.The bill was delayed for years and to muster wider support for its passage Maryam helped organize a screening at Prime Minister’s House of a grim Oscar-winning documentary, “Girl in the River”, about an attempted honor killing in Pakistan.This investigation goes back to the 2016 Panama Papers leak. “If a new history is to be made, I can not say, but there is not a single precedent”. Sharif himself has alleged that he is the victim of a conspiracy to dislodge him, with PML-N members and supporters hinting at army intervention.Quoting sources, Dawn said that “the family’s legal team is waiting for reports on the credibility of the forensic and financial experts engaged by the JIT, and hopes to come armed to the Monday hearing with that information”.Sharif’s troubles have shone a spotlight on two issues that have bedeviled Pakistan since its creation in 1947 – corruption and the struggle for power between civilian politicians and the powerful military.The army spokesman brushed aside questions about claims the military’s hidden hand was the driving force behind the JIT, saying “the Pakistan army is not directly connected”. “We don’t want to waste the time and money of the public”, he added.As the political drama plays out, the only certainty is the unlikeliness of a simple conclusion.According to a statement issued by the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto lauded the party leaders and workers from South Punjab “for launching the salvo against Nawaz Sharif and his coterie who have caused enormous damage to the image of democracy and democratic credentials”.