Panama Leaks JIT News
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday set up a six-member Joint Investigation Team
(JIT) to launch a probe into the Panama Leaks.
The committee’s members include Amer Aziz (FIA), Bilal Rasool (SECP),
Irfan Naeem Mangi (NAB), Brigadier Muhammad Nauman Saeed (ISI),
Brigadier Kamran Khurshid (MI) and Wajid Zia (FIA).
According to the apex court, Wajid Zia, Additional Director General (Immigration)of FIA,
will head the JIT, which has been directed to commence and complete the investigation
and submit its final report on May 22.
The JIT’s secretariat will be housed in the Building of the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad.
The Supreme Court has also directed the federal government to provide adequate
office accommodation, security and related facilities.
The requisite approval has been obtained from the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Since the JIT in connection with the investigation would need funds, the
Federal Government has been directed to provide them necessary funds.“We
direct the Federal Government to initially provide an amount to the tune of Rs million
forthwith so that the JIT may not feel handicapped in its movement in any direction,” it said.
“The funds shall be placed at the disposal of the Head of the JIT. The Head and Members
of the JIT shall arrange secretarial staff of their choice from their respective departments.
“The JIT would also be at liberty to utilize the expertise available in their departments and
any other department of the Federal or Provincial Governments as and when required by it.
“The boarding, lodging and transportation of the Members of JIT shall also be provided
by their respective Departments in accordance with the rules.
“The JIT shall have the power to engage and associate local and/or foreign experts to
facilitate the investigation and collection of evidence in line with the letter and spirit
of order dated 20.04.2017 of this Court.
“The JIT shall have all the powers given by the law relating to investigation including
those available in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, National Accountability
Bureau Ordinance, 1999 and the Federal Investigation Agency Act, 1975.
“As the JIT, in essence and substance, is acting on the direction of the Supreme Court
of Pakistan, all the Executive Authorities throughout Pakistan shall act in aid of the JIT.
“If and when any person fails or refuses to associate with or appear before the JIT
or refuses to cooperate or provide oral or documentary information required by it,
the same be immediately brought to the notice of the Court for taking appropriate action.
“The Secretary Interior, Government of Pakistan is directed to ensure necessary
security arrangements for the Secretariat and the Members of the JIT.”