The News – Panama JIT probe extends to almost entire Sharif family including the dead

Islamabad, 11 June 2017. The JIT probe has been extended to almost entire Sharif family, including even the dead.

Official documents as available with The News show that besides others the JIT is scrutinizing the tax returns and wealth statements as far back as 1969-70 of even late Mian Muhammad Sharif and late Mian Abbas Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s deceased father and brother respectively.

Tax and wealth statements of the Sharif family women including mother of the prime minister are also being checked out by the JIT. The only exception in the Sharif family as yet is of Shahbaz Sharif and his sons, who are still out of the JIT’s radar. However, the chief minister’s first wife’s financial matters are also under JIT’s scrutiny.

Tax documents of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his daughter-in-law, who is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s younger daughter, are also being dug.

So far the JIT has obtained from FBR, the income tax and wealth statements of late Mian Muhammad Sharif, PM’s deceased father; Mrs Shamim Akhtar, PM’s mother; Mrs Kalsoom Nawaz, PM’s wife; late Mian Abbas Sharif, PM’s deceased brother; Ms Sabiha Abbas, widow of late Mian Abbas Sharif; Mrs Nusrat Shahbaz, wife of Shahbaz Sharif; Mrs Maryam Safdar, PM’s elder daughter; Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, PM’s sons; Asma (Nawaz) Dar, PM’s younger daughter, wife of Ali Dar and daughter-in-law of Ishaq Dar; and Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister.

Besides the above individuals, the tax documents of M/s Hudabiya Engineering (Pvt) Ltd; M/s Hudabiya Paper Mills Ltd; Chaudhry Sugar Mills and M/s Ramazan Sugar Mills Ltd have also been obtained by the JIT from the FBR.

Official documents show that initially the FBR provided late Mian Muhammad Sharif’s Income Tax Return from assessment year 1995-96 to Tax year 2004 and Wealth Tax returns from assessment year 1969-70 to 2000-01.

Later on June 8, the JIT further sought from FBR late Mian Muhammad Sharif’s Wealth Statements from 1981 to 2004, Return of Wealth Tax for the years from 1974 to 1979; and Income Tax Return from 1981 to 1995.

In the case of PM’s mother, Mrs Shamim Akhtar, the FBR provided to JIT her Income Tax returns from assessment year 1995-96 to 2002-03 and Tax years 2003 to 2016; Wealth Tax returns from assessment year 1983-84 to 2000-2001; and Wealth Statement from Tax year 2003 to 2016.

In the case of late Mian Abbas Sharif, the JIT obtained from FBR Income Tax returns from assessment year 1995-96 to 2002-03 and tax year 2003 to 2012; Wealth Tax returns from assessment year 1983-84 to 2000-2001; and Wealth Statements for 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 and tax year 2003 to 2012.

The JIT also obtained from FBR, Ms Sabiha Abbas’s Income Tax returns from assessment year 1983-84 to 2002-03 and tax year 2003 to 2016; Wealth Tax returns from assessment year 1980-81 to 2000-2001; and Wealth Statement for assessment years 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 and tax year 2003, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s almost entire tax record provided to JIT, which on June 8th further sought NS’s reconciliation of wealth statement for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012; Wealth statement for the year ending 1995; Wealth Tax return for the assessment year 1997-98 and Income Tax return for the tax year 2006.

Mrs Nusrat Shahbaz’s Income Tax, Wealth Tax and Wealth statement record from 1983-84 onward has also been provided to the JIT by the FBR. Similarly Ishaq Dar’s tax documents from 1981-82 onward were provided to the JIT following JIT’s initial demand.

However, on June 8 the JIT demanded from FBR further record which include Ishaq Dar’s wealth statement from 1981 to 2009 and IT return from 1982 to 2006. FBR has also been told that Asma (Nawaz) Dar’s complete tax record of IT returns, Wealth Statement and Return of wealth tax be provided to JIT.

After initial provision of PM’s wife and children’s tax documents, the JIT through June 8th letter also asked for Mrs Kalsoom Nawaz’s Income Tax Return for the assessment years 1993-94, 1994-1995, 1996-1997, Tax year 2003, 2004 and 2007.

In case of Maryam Safdar, the JIT sought copy of her Wealth Statement for 1994-95 and Income Tax returns for 2001-02, 2002-03, Tax year 2003 and 2004.

In case of Hussain Nawaz, the June 8th letter demanded IT return for Tax years 2007 and 2011 whereas through the same letter, Hassan Nawaz’s IT return for the Tax years 2003, 2007 and 2011 have also been sought.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/209975-JIT-probe-extends-to-almost-entire-Sharif-family-including-the-dead

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Sikh24.com – SFJ Issues Defamation Notice to Indian High Commission In Canada

Sikhs for Justice –

Toronto-Ontario-Canada, 10 June 2017. A Canadian Human rights group served a demand letter on India’s High Commission in Ottawa seeking retraction and apology for its defamatory statement against “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) published in various newspapers on June 07-08.

The letter addressed to High Commissioner, Vikas Swarup, was served on June 09 at the office of Indian High Commission in Ottawa.

On June 07-8, various newspapers including Toronto Star and Ontario Herald published a story about CRPF Officer Dhillon’s visit to Canada.

According to the published news reports, “the High Commission of India in Ottawa would not comment on Ottawa’s treatment of Dhillon, but told the Star that the court petition brought by the Sikhs for Justice was “frivolous, malicious and baseless”.

SFJ’s June 09 demand letter claims that “the High Commission of India’s statement regarding Sikhs For Justice dated June 07-08 is defamatory per se. The Defamatory Statements were stated to discredit Sikhs for Justice’s reputation and undermine its ability to do its work.

Sikhs for Justice hereby gives notice pursuant to the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43 that absent timely retraction and apology, Sikhs For Justice will be filing defamation lawsuit”.

“Indian High Commission has accused SFJ of filing a frivolous case in the Canadian court which is a very serious allegation” stated Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ.

“If Indian High Commission did not retract its statement and apologize within 10 days of being served with the Demand Letter, we will file a defamation lawsuit under the Canadian laws”, added Pannun.

“Nothing causes more damage to the reputation of a not-for-profit organization, whose purpose is the advancement of the human rights of minorities, including Sikhs, than defamatory statement like the one which you made and published.

You used your position of influence among the Indian diaspora as High Commission of India who controls Canadian Sikhs visas to India, to accuse, without any basis in fact, of SFJ of filing “frivolous, malicious and baseless” petition seeking arrest warrants of CRPF Officer TS Dhillon”, SFJ’s demand letter further states.

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/06/10/sfj-issues-defamation-notice-to-indian-high-commission-in-canada/#.WT4Yn8YlHIU

Gent Gurdwara – Gent: From Kouter to Gentbrugge Pirennelaan

Gent Gurdwara School visit
05 May 2017

Students and teachers

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

Gent: Kouter to Gentbrugge Pirennelaan
07 May 2017

Kouter

Vogelmarkt

Kortedagsteeg / Brabantdam

Brabantdam

Brabantdam / François Laurentplein

Since 21 May Trams 21 and 22 have been replaced by Tram 2
Melle-Leeuw – Gent-Zuid – Kouter –
Rozemarijnbrug – Sint-Pieters – Zwijnaarde Bibliotheek

To see all my pictures:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12445197@N05/

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Network of Sikh Organisations – Sikhs in Parliament: Election victories for Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill

The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) extends its heartiest congratulations to both Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill for making political history by becoming the first turbaned Sikh and first Sikh woman respectively to enter the House of Commons.

Reflecting on their success, NSO Director Lord Singh said, “I’m looking forward in working with them both, we can do much together to add value to society if we remain true to Sikh principles”.

Network of Sikh Organisations
London, Wimbledon SW19
United Kingdom

Dawn – In a first, PM Nawaz Sharif to appear before JIT on 15 June

Malik Asad & Sanaullah Khan

Islamabad, 12 June 2017. Nawaz Sharif is set to become the first sitting prime minister to appear before any investigating agency, when he appears before the joint investigation team (JIT), constituted to probe money-laundering allegations against his family, on Thursday.

The unprecedented development will make him the first incumbent to appear before such a panel, let alone one probing allegations of financial irregularities or fraud against nearly his entire family, going back three generations.

The summons was issued by the JIT on June 8, 2017 and asked the PM “to appear and associate with the JIT on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 1100 hours, at the office of the JIT, Federal Judicial Academy, Service Road South, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad”.

The JIT’s summons also reminded the PM to “kindly bring along relevant record/documents/material” related to the Panama Papers case. This will entail nearly all the documents and evidence submitted before the Supreme Court by the PM’s counsel, Makhdoom Ali Khan.

Sources said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar may also be questioned by the team before the PM’s appearance.

In its judgement of April 20 in the Panama Papers case, the Supreme Court had constituted a JIT and empowered it to summon the prime minister, his sons and any other person necessary, to investigate allegations of money-laundering, through which the four apartments in London’s Park Lane area were purchased.

The sources said that the JIT had summoned Dar last week, but could not record his statement.

Insiders said the six-member investigation team, headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) additional director general Wajid Zia, has issued another summons to Dar.

Talking to some TV channels on Sunday, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the PM had received the JIT summons and in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s order of April 20, he would ensure his presence accordingly.

The JIT has so far called about a dozen witnesses, including a number of people who Dar named in his “forced” confession, recorded by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2000.

Though Dar has disowned the statement, saying it was recorded under duress, the JIT has taken it seriously and summoned some of the people Dar allegedly used for money-laundering. These individuals included National Bank of Pakistan president Saeed Ahmed and Kashif Mehmood Qazi, a British citizen.

While Qazi refused to appear before the team for fear of his life, Ahmed recently recorded a statement before the JIT. The NBP president, however, complained about the JIT’s ‘indifferent’ behavior and said that he was kept waiting for hours while he was fasting, and that the JIT treated him as an offender.

Besides Ahmed, Tariq Shafi, a cousin of PM Sharif; and Javed Kayani, a friend of the Sharif family, have also complained that the JIT tried to force them to testify against the PM and his sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz.

Hussain Nawaz had also filed the petition before the Supreme Court, challenging the presence of two JIT members — Bilal Rasool of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Amer Aziz of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), objecting to their presence. The apex court, however, dismissed his petition as being “premature”.

But the bench will take up on Monday (today) another petition, filed by the PM’s elder son, seeking the constitution of a commission to investigate the leak of his photograph.

The sources say the JIT has prepared an inquiry report on the Hussain Nawaz photo leak, which will be submitted before the court’s three-member bench on Monday.

The bench will also take up an application, filed by the JIT, where investigators have highlighted certain issues and problems they are facing in concluding the probe within the stipulated two-month timeframe.

Before this, only prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf have ever been summoned by a judicial forum, i.e. the Supreme Court. Ashraf was a respondent in the rental power case before NAB, but never personally appeared before investigators while in office.

PPP terms it a positive development

Punjab PPP President Qamar Zaman Kaira, in a press statement, said that the summoning of the PM before the JIT is a positive sign.

“The prime minister has a central role in the Panama case,” Kaira noted from Lahore.

“The JIT is going to ask important questions from the PM.”

Expressing concern regarding the hearing, the PPP Punjab president said, “I hope that this time nothing similar to what the PML-N did with the Supreme Court (SC) in the past will happen again.”

“We expect that the PML-N will not resort to any extreme tactics during the JIT hearing. The last time Nawaz Sharif presented himself to the Supreme Court it [the court] was attacked,” Kaira noted.

“No one should think of making provocations. If you are truthful then present yourself in earnest to the JIT.”

Expressing his dismay at the recent spike in outbursts against the investigators, Kaira added that people should refrain from subjecting the team to abuses.

“Some individuals from the PML-N are humiliating institutions; they should refrain from using such language,” the PPP stalwart added.

‘Critical that PM Sharif resign’

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has asked Nawaz Sharif to resign after the JIT issued a summon the PM.

In a series of tweets posted on Sunday night, Khan congratulated the country over the investigating team’s decision to call the prime minister to appear before them.

“Congratulations to the nation as for the first time a serving PM [has been] brought under Rule of Law and summoned before JIT,” Khan tweeted.

In a subsequent tweet, the PTI chairman demanded that Sharif resigns until the investigation proceedings are completed.

“Critical that PM Sharif resign while the investigation is ongoing because the organisation represented in the JIT are subordinate to the PM. Major contradiction.”

This is not the first time since the Supreme Court’s split decision on the Panama case that Khan has asked the prime minister to resign.

In the moments after the SC’s verdict, Khan urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign for the duration of an investigation into how the Sharif family’s money was transferred to Qatar.

“I demand Nawaz Sharif resign… Until the JIT completes its probe,” Khan had said.

“If you’re cleared within 60 days, you can return.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1338890/in-a-first-pm-nawaz-sharif-to-appear-before-jit-on-june-15