Sharif ally arrested
On Friday, the chairman of Pakistan’s financial regulator was arrested on charges of forging documents for the Sharif family.
Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Zafar Hijazi, who is a close ally of Sharif, was accused by investigators of forging records of a sugar mill owned by the Sharif family. He was arrested in court on Friday.
The arrest comes just over a week after the JIT said documents naming Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, as a trustee for several of the family’s high-end London property were also “falsified.”
How it started
The controversy surrounding the Sharif family’s wealth came under scrutiny last year after the publication of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca documenting the offshore dealings of many of the world’s rich and powerful.
The names of three of Sharif’s four children, daughter Maryam and sons Hasan and Hussein, were in it.
In April, the Supreme Court said they had insufficient evidence to disqualify Sharif from office and ordered the JIT to investigate the case and review evidence.
The investigators, earlier this month, concluded that there was “significant disparity” between the Sharif family’s declared wealth, the known sources of income of Sharif and his family, and their opulent lifestyle, in addition to the Calibri discrepancy. The damning report was submitted to the Supreme Court.
The Sharif family has consistently denied the allegations against them and rejected the JIT report, dismissed by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party as “trash.”
However, the report is fueling intense pressure on Sharif from opposition parties to resign.
Imran Khan says Sharif’s days as prime minster are over and he should go to prison.
“The prime minister’s final destination is Adiala jail. Now I am not demanding his resignation, but imprisonment,” he told reporters on Thursday.