Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif’s son submits plea against JIT officers

Islamabad: Hussain Nawaz, the eldest son of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has submitted a plea against two Joint Investigation Team Officers, Bilal Rasool and Ahmer Aziz, expressing his apprehension about the impartiality of the officers in the Panamagate probe.

A three-judge special bench will hear the plea that objects the presence of the two JIT officers for the family’s investigation in the Panama Papers leak on May 29.

Hussain submitted his plea, citing the political bias the two officers may portray. The Express Tribune reported that Bilal Rasool, was a representative from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and nephew of Mian Muhammad Azhar who is is an ardent supporter of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Hussain accused Rasool of being vocal against the government, in his plea.

Ahmer Aziz, who is a representative of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was also a part of the National Accountability Bureau investigation that was carried out during former President Pervez Musharraf’s tenure.

Another member of the Nawaz family has filed a complaint against JIT, citing misbehavior. This complaint was filed by the Prime Minister’s cousin Shafi to the JIT’s head Wajid Zia against some of the JIT members after his interrogation.

The complaints have been forwarded to the Supreme Court for perusal and will be heard by a special 3-judge bench on 29 May. (ANI)