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The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed by the Supreme Court to probe into matters relating to Panama Papers, submitted its final report today before a three member bench of the apex court.

The implementation bench, constituted as a consequence of a judgment of the larger bench, is headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal.

The bench said that the parties can take copies of the report from the registrar office. However, on the request of the head of the JIT, it was directed that volume ten of the report should not be declassified.

The bench said that the process of mudslinging must also stop.

At the outset of the hearing, the implementation bench disposed of a petition filed by Hussain Nawaz regarding leak of his picture during appearance before the JIT.

The bench said it empowers the Federal Government to make public name of the person responsible for photo leak and form Commission, if needed.

The bench said it cannot constitute a Commission on the issue.

The bench also ordered registration of an FIR against Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

The three member implementation bench has adjourned the hearing till Monday next.

It is worth mentioning that she six-member investigation team, led by Additional Director General FIA Wajid Zia, was given sixty days to complete the task. Its other members included those from State Bank of Pakistan, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau, Military Intelligence and Inter-Service Intelligence. The team held numerous sessions at Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad during which Hussain Nawaz, elder son of the Prime Minister, appeared before it for six times; Prime Minister's younger son Hassan Nawaz three times and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on 5th of this month. 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself appeared before the JIT on 15th of last month and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif appeared on the 17th. Among others who appeared before the Commission to record their statements and respond to queries included Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry and son-in-law of the Prime Minister retired Captain Muhammad Safdar.

Apart from its final report, the JIT also submitted before the implementation bench of the Supreme Court fortnightly reports.

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