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Pak Govt. departments to respond to Panamagate JIT allegations

ANI  |  Islamabad [Pakistan] 

departments are expected to submit their replies to obstruction-related allegations made by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that is probing the Panamagate leaks issue on the orders of the Supreme

A number of replies have been submitted to the attorney general's (AG) office by different organisations, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission of (SECP), Federal Board of (FBR) and the ministry, and may be filed formally before the Supreme on June 15, reports the Dawn.

The Supreme implementation bench has also asked the AG to look into the JIT's application, highlighting impediments in their work and tampering of documents by state institutions.

In its application, the JIT had alleged that the SECP, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), FBR, the ministry and Intelligence Bureau (IB) were creating impediments in the collection of evidence in the Panama Papers probe.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Ministry strongly denied allegations that it intentionally lingered over the issuance of a notification, authorising the JIT chairman under Section 21 of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday termed the joint investigation team's (JIT) accusations of record tampering against institutions "a sign of [their] frustration".

With Dar's statement about the JIT it is the first time a top figure from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has expressed doubts over the functioning of the JIT. Earlier, PML-N MNAs and junior ministers had been indirectly complaining about the behaviour of some of the investigators.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 11:07 IST