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Security of judicial academy is the responsibility of Islamabad police: Interior Ministry

05 June, 2017

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A spokesperson for the interior ministry said Monday that it is baseless to blame the interior ministry for leaking of a photograph of the prime minister’s son, Hussain Nawaz, apparently showing him waiting to or appearing before the Panama Papers joint investigation team (JIT), on social media.

The photograph, which appears to be a screen grab from a CCTV feed, bears the date of Mr Hussain’s first appearance before the joint investigation team (JIT) on May 28. It shows the PM’s son sitting by himself in a plain room on the premises of the Federal Judicial Academy, ostensibly facing his questioners.

"The security of the judicial academy is the responsibility of the Islamabad police and none of the interior ministry's departments have access to the JIT office or films," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"It is inappropriate that people are playing politics on a such a sensitive issue," the statement said.

"According to the same logic, is everything that happens within Bani Gala the responsibility of Islamabad police or the interior ministry too?" the statement said.

Yesterday, expressing serious concerns over the photo’s “illegal publication”, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb called it “demeaning and a serious breach of investigation rules”.

“Since the JIT is functioning under the supervision of the judiciary, it is the responsibility of the judges to take cognisance of such things, which are creating doubts about the working of the JIT. We have already expressed our reservations before the SC in this regard,” Dr Musadik Malik, the spokesperson for the prime minister, told Dawn on Sunday.

“What is the purpose of releasing this picture?” he asked, alleging that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) activists had made the picture “viral” on social media to “humiliate” the Sharif family.

However, PTI has also called for an investigation into the photo’s release. Maintaining that the photo had been intentionally released by the ruling party as a “calculated and planned move” to present Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members as “victims”, the party denied allegations that the photo was shared by any of its activists.

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