The special bench of the Supreme Court which will be overseeing the Panamagate investigation has finalized the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that will be conducting the inquiry. The officials selected are:
Federal Investigation Agency:
Additional Director General (immigration) Wajid Zia, a grade 21 officer, will head the JIT. Mr. Zia has worked for the Intelligence Bureau, Motorway Police, and Economic Crimes Wing of the FIA. He as previously been a part of the team that probed the Haj scam.
State Bank of Pakistan:
Mr. Amer Aziz is currently the managing director of the National Institute of Banking And Finance (NIBAF).
Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan:
Mr. Bilal Rasool is an executive director of the SECP. He is currently working in the media and corporate communications and translation department at the SECP secretariat.
National Accountability Bureau:
Mr. Irfan Naeem Mangi, an officer in grade 20, who is currently serving in Quetta as the director general of NAB, Balochistan.
Brig. Nauman Saeed heads one of the internal security branches in the ISI. He is known for his expertise in conducting inquiries
Brig. Kamran Khurshid was member of a recent inquiry commission along with Brig Nauman Saeed.
Previously, the special bench of the Supreme Court (SC), which will be overseeing the implementation of the Panama Papers case verdict, rejected the nominees put forth by SECP and State Bank.
The bench consists of Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, all of whom were part of the five-member Panama bench and had been part of the majority vote.
They had rejected the nominees on the grounds that the names put forth did not meet the criteria of the JIT.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed warned that “No one will be allowed to play games with the court” and had asked the heads of SECP and State Bank to appear before the court on Friday following which the names were finalized.