‘Panama case is a test of two-nation theory’

  • Captain (retd) Safdar records statement before JIT in Panama Leaks case
  • Says Imran is pursuing foreign agenda
  • Points fingers at Musharraf for Kargil tragedy and Zardari for owning Surrey Palace


Prime Minister’s son-in-law, Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar, has dismissed the significance of the interrogation he faced at the hands of JIT, saying the investigators were not even sure ‘what the fuss was all about’. On Saturday, he appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked to probe global investments of Sharif family.

Talking to media outside the Federal Judicial Academy, Safdar termed the Panama case as a conspiracy not against the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but the ‘Two-Nation theory’ and ‘integrity and ideology of Pakistan’. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Asif Kirmani, Anjum Aqeel Khan, Tahira Aurangzaib and others also reached the JIT Headquarters to show solidarity.

It was like ‘listening to a story whole night and failing to even determine the gender of the central character’, he mocked when asked about the gist of interrogation that lasted for almost five hours.

In a first of its kind allegation against the JIT, Safdar alleged that during the course of questioning the JIT members were receiving ‘chits’ and ‘files’ containing ‘questions’ somewhere from ‘outside’, adding he answered all the question.

‘I posed some questions to JIT. I told them that I, being a son-in-law of PM, am explaining my 10-marla ancestral home, but, tell me, does someone have the courage to ask questions from those who owned Surrey Palace? Does someone have courage to question the person who is responsible for Kargil tragedy? Why are you questioning a person who made Pakistan a nuclear power?’ he said while referring to former military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and former President Asif Ali Zardari.

He strongly criticised PTI Chief Imran Khan saying in the garb of Panama case, Khan was pursing foreign agenda at the behest of external enemies of Pakistan. He said he appeared before the JIT for the sake of protection of constitution, as the JIT was exercising its powers bestowed to it by the Supreme Court of Pakistan under the Constitution of Pakistan.

As Capt Safdar started his media talk, some activists who were present at the venue started chanting pro-Nawaz slogans. To that, Safdar intervened and asked PML-N activists to stop by saying ‘Let me talk, my friends’.

‘My leader Nawaz Sharif had said that a JIT comprising 200 million Pakistanis will give PML-N an even bigger mandate than the one bestowed upon us in 2013,’ he said.

To another question, Safdar said JIT members’ conduct with him during the course of investigations was good, adding all the investigation officers were junior to him.