Islamabad: Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday appeared before a Supreme Court-appointed team probing the Panamagate graft case, becoming Pakistan’s first sitting premier to depose before such a panel.
A seemingly-relaxed Sharif arrived at the Judicial Academy – which has been temporarily turned into the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) secretariat – amid tight security.
According to official sources, more than 2,500 security personnel had been deployed.
The 67-year-old PML-N leader, who was accompanied by his eldest son Hussain Nawaz, brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, waved at party workers and responded to their chants before entering the building.
A large number of PML-N supporters had assembled near the JIT secretariat, waiving their party flags and chanting pro- Nawaz slogans.
“The day that creates history & sets a much required & welcome precedent for others to emulate,” Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted along with pictures of the PML-N leader and his top aides just before leaving for the JIT.
The JIT is bound to complete the probe in 60 days unless it is granted additional time.
It is for the first time that a sitting prime minister is appearing before a high-level probe team traditionally constituted to investigate high-profile criminal cases.
The JIT probing the offshore holdings of Prime Minister Sharif and his children has also summoned his younger brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, to appear before it on June 17. PTI