Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Sharif appeared before the Joint Investigation Team probing the Panamagate graft case against her family. Maryam, 43, was accompanied by her husband Muhammad Safdar, brothers Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Asif Kirmani. Maryam arrived at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) in the capital for questioning by the six-member JIT set up in May by the Supreme Court. The JIT is expected to complete the report by July 10. She is the eighth member of the Sharif family to be summoned by the JIT. The JIT has repeatedly questioned her brothers Hussain and Hassan, while it has also recorded the statements of Prime Minister Sharif, his brother Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, PM’s son-in-law (retd) Captain Mohammad Safdar, the prime minister’s cousin Tariq Shafi, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar — the father-in-law of the prime minister’s younger daughter.
PML-N top leadership has criticised the JIT’s decision to summon the daughter of the PM. Sharif’s brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif strongly objected to Maryam’s summoning. “There is no moral justification of the JIT decision to summon PM’s daughter,” he said.