The Pakistan Supreme Court warned Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today that his children could face seven years in jail if it was proven that they had submitted fake documents to the investigating team probing the charges of money laundering related to the Panamagate scandal. The Pakistan Supreme Court was hearing the case for the fourth consecutive day, after a report was submitted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The JIT has been formed to investigate charges of corruption made against Sharif and his family members. The JIT report has made several charges and one of the charges is that some of the documents submitted by Sharif’s children were tampered with.
Giving a stern warning to Sharif, the three-judge bench said, “The punishment for submitting forged documents in the court is seven years in jail.” The JIT report has noted some major discrepancies in the documents submitted by Sharif’s children. For example, a trust deed that was submitted by Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz was written in Calibri font. The deed was executed in 2006, and the Calibri font was not commercially available till 2007. Moreover, the trust deed document was notarized from an office in London on Saturday. This raises questions since Saturday is normally an off day for offices in London. Similarly, a document on Gulf Steel Mills submitted by Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz was identified as forged by the Government of Dubai.