ISLAMABAD – The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by the Supreme Court to investigate the Panama Papers issue Thursday submitted its third progress report to the three-member special bench implementing the apex court’s verdict on the matter.
The bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the case.
On a question as to whether the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had provided the JIT the information it had requested, Justice Ijazul Ahsan was apprised that the SECP had provided some documents and the FBR had provided nothing.
Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that such behaviour was not acceptable and the departments should cooperate with the JIT on the SC’s orders. He also asked if there were any detail about where the records were kept. “Are they lost or stolen?” he questioned.
The attorney general said a list of required records should be provided to him and the government would ensure that the JIT was given access to them.
The bench instructed the JIT to provide a list of all records required from the FBR and reiterated that the JIT should complete its investigation in the given time and submit its final report by July 10.
The court also discussed the matter of the JIT photo leak, observing that Hussain Nawaz had moved the court to form a judicial commission.
The court directed the attorney general to find out if the government had any reservations regarding disclosing the name of the person responsible for the leakage. – APP