ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reached the Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad and recorded his statement before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case.
The provincial Chief Minister answered to the queries of the investigation team about allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family, and recorded his statement.
Like Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif also faced the JIT as a witness, sources said.
Strict security arrangements were put in place around the judicial academy which is the secretariat of the JIT.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recorded his statement before the JIT. Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, the sons of the Prime Minister have also appeared before the JIT in connection with the investigation.
He is the fourth member of the Sharif family to present himself to the JIT.
The prime minister’s brother was accompanied by his son, Hamza Shahbaz, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on his way to the JIT secretariat.
The JIT also asked questions related to the establishment of the Gulf Steel Mills by his family in the UAE, its subsequent sale, and the establishment of Ittefaq Group of Industries and Hudaibya Paper Mills.
Meanwhile, speaking to media persons, the CM said that he has made history by appearing before the JIT.
“First time in the history of country, an elected PM appeared before JIT and the history is rewritten when an elected Chief Minister has turned up today,” he said.
“It shows that we respect judiciary unlike military dictators,” he added.
Shahbaz Sharif said it is not the first time that his family has been subjected to accountability but in eras of PPP and military dictatorship, it was subjected to accountability.
The Punjab Chief Minister said there are no corruption cases against his family and the case before the JIT belongs to their personal business.