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    Have complete faith in ‘competent, professional’ JIT: Rehman Malik

    Former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik, who had also served the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) holding various posts, and later became the agency’s director general, appeared before Joint Investigation Team, probing the offshore assets of Sharif family.
    The JIT had initially summoned Malik to appear on June 13, but he was in London, so he requested for another date for appearance. He was now summoned to appear before the JIT on June 23, Friday.
    Rehman Malik was also assigned the task to probe into corruption charges against Nawaz Sharif during the second government of Benazir Bhutto in the mid-1990s while serving in the FIA.
    Malik is likely to inform the JIT about the investigation carried out by his team during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure as the prime minister into various scams, including money laundering through the Hudaibiya Paper Mills and purchase of London Mayfair flats by the Sharif family.
    Speaking to media outside the Federal Judicial Academy, the secretariat of the JIT, Rehman Malik said, “I have brought with me the letters written to the then president and evidence to present before the JIT.”
    “I will own all these letters before the probing team,” he asserted. “I remained impartial in the past and will remain so,” he addedSenator Rehman Malik on Friday said that he has full faith in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising “professional and competent” people and said that he doesn’t think the team will be unjust towards anyone.
    Talking to media after his appearance before the JIT, formed to probe prime minister’s financial dealings abroad, Malik said that he has confirmed every word of his report—already submitted to the Supreme Court--including the two letters written to former president Rafiq Tarar. He added that he has provided additional evidence to the JIT.
    He also criticised ‘propoganda’ against his party, saying his political opponents had been claiming since the past 15 days that the Pakistan Peoples Party has entered into a deal to save Nawaz Sharif.
    “I am not here to save or entrap anyone...neither am I here to avenge anyone,” the former interior minister said.
    Taking a jibe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, Malik said that he is claiming the accountability of the Sharif was an outcome of his struggle but has forgotten it was him (Malik) who “prepared the pitch for the ground.”
    Earlier on reaching the Federal Judicial Academy, he had said during a media talk that he will do justice today with the nation as well as his profession.
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