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Process to remove PM Nawaz Sharif set in motion, says Pakistan media

The media has extensively covered the developments that followed the submission of the Joint Investigation Team’s final report on the revelations that emerged about Sharif and his family in the Panama Papers leaks.

world Updated: Jul 11, 2017 16:03 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.(Reuters)

The process for removing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may have been set in motion by a panel’s recommendation for opening a new anti-corruption case against him and his family over revelations in the Panama Papers leaks, according to the Pakistani media on Tuesday.

The media extensively covered the developments that followed the submission of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s final report to the Supreme Court on Monday. Though the report was not made public, its details were available with the media, which discussed in detail the possible next steps in this political saga.

The influential Dawn newspaper’s six-column headline read "JIT report carries seeds of upheaval" and the accompanying page one report highlighted the most important points of the report - that the JIT maintained Sharif’s family has assets beyond its known sources of income and that it had recommended the filing of a “reference” or case against the prime minister and his three children by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The Dawn noted the report had stated that most Sharif-owned enterprises were “loss-making“ and didn’t justify the family’s wealth, while letters from a member of the Qatari royal family about funds used to buy luxury flats in London were a “myth”. The daily further said the JIT had unearthed a new offshore company chaired by Sharif and that government ministers had rejected the JIT’s findings as “trash”. 

The Dawn’s coverage suggested the process for removing Sharif, currently serving his third term as premier, had been set into motion. The daily also made a political statement by placing only one more story on its front page, a report on the meeting of army commanders headlined "Commanders vow to uphold national interest". The suggestion here being that the military will not take sides in this political conflict.