ISLAMABAD: The Panamagate joint investigation team (JIT) has also summoned Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, alleging that the government machinery is being misused to hamper its probe into the ruling family’s offshore assets.
Sources in the CM Secretariat have confirmed to The Express Tribune that Shehbaz has received summons from the JIT to appear before it at 11am on June 17 to record his statement.
The JIT has already summoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who will appear before it on Thursday (tomorrow) at Islamabad’s Judicial Academy – which is temporarily turned into the JIT’s secretariat.
The Punjab CM was director of Hudabiya Paper Mills (HPM) in 1999. He was the one who had made settlement with London-based Al-Towfeek Company the same year.
According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) documents – a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune – Shehbaz and his son Hamza were accused in the 17-year-old HPM scam.
Seventeen years ago, the NAB had claimed that the Sharif family had received over Rs1 billion ‘through illegal and fraudulent means’ and that they were liable to be tried under anti-corruption laws.