Law Ministry strongly rejects allegations of JIT.
ISLAMABAD -- The Ministry of Law and Justice has strongly denied allegations of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in its application submitted to the apex court to the effect that the matter relating to issue of notification authorising the Chairman JIT under section 21 of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999 was 'intentionally lingered at the behest of Ministry of Law and Justice.'
In a clarification statement issued by Ministry of Law and Justice, it has been stated that the facts are that the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan directing the Federal Government to issue the notification was complied with within two days of receipt of the order.
The Court's order dated May 15, 2017 was conveyed by the Attorney General for Pakistan in writing to the Ministry of Law and Justice on May 16, 2017.
As the notification was to be issued by the Federal Government, keeping in view the urgency of the matter, Summary was moved for approval of the Cabinet through circulation on May 17, 2017. Approval of the Cabinet was conveyed to the Ministry by Cabinet Division on May 18, 2017.
On that very day the Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice issued the requisite notification and sent a copy of the same to the Chairman, JIT. Copies were also endorsed to the Attorney-General for Pakistan, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan and Secretary, Ministry of Interior.
Chairman, JIT acknowledged receipt of the notification on May 18, 2017 and requested the Ministry of Law and Justice to circulate the notification to all foreign jurisdictions within two days through diplomatic channels as well as NCB - Interpol FIA.
Ministry of Law and Justice on the same day, May 18, 2017, forwarded the notification and request of the Chairman, JIT to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as per Rule 56 of the Rules of Business, 1973) and Ministry of Interior for necessary action.
The above details clearly establish that there was no delay on the part of the Ministry of Law and Justice and all necessary steps were taken as promptly as possible.
The allegations of the JIT regarding the Ministry of Law and Justice are totally unjustified, the statement added.