Published On: Thu, May 4th, 2017
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SC turns down SBP, SECP’s nominees for Panama case JIT

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Islamabad: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has turned down the nominees submitted for Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan (SECP).

A three member special bench of SC headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan comprises Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan took the case for hearing on Wednesday.

The bench has summoned State Bank governor and SECP chairman, and directed the officials to send a list of all grade 18 officers.

Justice Khan remarked that it had rejected the names of officials nominated by the SBP and SECP because they did not meet the court’s criteria.

Justices Ejaz Afzal remarked that the court wants a transparent investigation adding: “We want honest and professional officials to be members of the JIT.”

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said the court will final the names for JIT adding: “No one will be allowed to play games with the court,” he added.

The third member of the bench, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, said the court would also not stand any excuses or delays during the implementation of its orders.

The court adjourned the next hearing till Friday, May 5, 2017.

It is vital to mention here that The SC had ordered the constitution of a JIT to probe the assets of the incumbent prime minister.

In an April 20 order, the five-judge bench hearing the Panama Papers case had requested Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to constitute a special bench to ensure the implementation of the judgment.

The special bench includes the three judges who handed down the majority judgment in the Panama Papers case: Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan.


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