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Rahman Malek arrives in Pakistan to appear before JIT

Top official hails appearance by PM Nawaz Sharif, brother Shahbaz before panel

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Peshawar: A senior official of Pakistan’s ruling party said on Monday Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif had set the highest benchmark for others by appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Farrah Khan, provincial secretary for information, Women Wing, of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), said the party strongly believed in the supremacy of law, justice and constitution in the country.

In a press statement issued here, Farrah Khan said Prime Minister Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz had made history by appearing before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the Panama Papers case.

She said the appearance had increased the PM and chief minister’s popularity.

Khan said people of every walk of life, including lawyers, academics, politicians and civil society organisations had highly commended the appearance by the two leaders.

“Indeed, it is unprecedented in the 69 years history of Pakistan that a sitting prime minister appears before a JIT, despite his name not being mentioned in the Panama Papers.”

The PM’s appearance reflected his strong commitment to the supremacy of rule of law and constitution in the country, she added.

She said the Sharif family was extending full support to the JIT and the PM’s sons were also appeared before it on a number of occasions, reflecting their cooperation for supremacy of rule of law and justice system in the country.

She said PML-N was the most popular party having strong roots in masses and would emerge victorious in the 2018 general elections.

Khan said Hazara Motorway, Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat, economic revitalisation, Peshawar Northern Bypass, CPEC and Lawari Tunnel projects were gifts from prime minister for people of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

These projects would not only help expedite pace of economic development but would promote industrialisation and provide better health delivery system to people.

Ex-Federal Minister for Interior Rahman Malek has reached Pakistan after cutting short his UK trip, to appear before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing Panama case.

He will present his stance before JIT. Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had directed Rahman Malek to return Pakistan at earliest and appear before JIT.

It is pertinent to mention here that Senator Rahman Malek was summoned by JIT to appear before on 23rd June Friday.

Earlier Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had also appeared before JIT.