Pakpattan shrine case: Nawaz thinks that JITs cannot be trusted

December 4, 2018

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his distrust on joint investigation teams while appearing before the top court on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court was hearing Pakpattan shrine land case. Nawaz is accused of illegally transferring 8,000 kanal of Auqaf’s land to Dewan Ghulam Qutab as Punjab CM in 1985.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case. The top judge asked Nawaz which type of institution he wants to start the investigation. Nawaz remarked, “If you want, then make anything besides a JIT.”

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He added, “I didn’t have a good experience with JIT before.” He was referring to the JIT formed to probe the Panama Leaks case against him. According to the team’s report, Nawaz was disqualified as the country’s premier and had to step down from his post.

“The case is 32 years old. I don’t even remember it,” Nawaz told the court. “I will tell you the case’s background. The case has been filed by those who claim ownership of Auqaf’s land,” said the chief justice. Even the high court said that the land belonged to Auqaf.

“You had to approve a summary, not notification. An impression was created that you approved it,” he remarked. Nawaz denied any such notification. “There is no record of it.”

“Has there been a fraud against the Auqaf department?” asked the top judge. “I think the corruption occurred at a lower level,” he said. “This was an expensive land.”

The court expressed an intention to create a joint investigation team in case, adding that a decision will be made by next week.

The top judge asked Nawaz about the big entourage that came to the court with him. “I wanted to bring Khawaja Asif, Ayaz Sadiq and Raja Zafarul Haq with me,” he told the court. “The rest have come of their own free will.”

The former premier has been granted exemption from appearance in the next hearing.

 
 

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