Pakistan: Panama Papers probe targets PM's daughter

Maryam Nawaz, who is considered Sharif’s political heir, has been summoned on July 5

Pakistan: Panama Papers probe targets PM's daughter

World Bulletin / News Desk

Investigators probing the Panama Papers scandal on the orders of the country's Supreme Court, have summoned Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter and his potentıal political heir on July 5, according to a summons from the investigation team on Tuesday.

Maryam Nawaz -- who is being touted as the next prime minister in case of a possible disqualification of Sharif if he is found guilty by the apex court -- has been named in the Panama Papers as an alleged beneficiary of two off-shore companies owned by the ruling family.

A six-member joint investigation team, which was formed last month by the Supreme Court, to look into the whistleblower scandal, is supposed to wrap up investigations by July 10.

The team will submit its inquiry report to the Supreme Court, upon which the judges will decide to disqualify or acquit Sharif.

The investigators, including members of the country's two top spy agencies -- Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence -- have already questioned Sharif, his two sons, his son-in-law, his brother and the chief minister Punjab province, Shehbaz Sharif, as well as two close aides in the past month.

According to analysts, Sharif is facing a disqualification threat as all his complaints regarding the investigation have been rejected by the Supreme Court.

Sharif, who is serving as premier for the third term, has lately come under immense pressure from the opposition and the media after the Panama Papers were leaked last year, which revealed that his two sons -- Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz -- and daughter Maryam Nawaz owned offshore companies, and properties worth millions of dollars, including luxurious apartments in London.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Haziran 2017, 12:29