The hearing of Panama Leaks Case against the Premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members resumed today by the five-member larger bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa with Justice Azmat Saeed, Justice Ijaz Afzal, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan as other members.
As the proceedings of Panama Leaks Case began, lawyer of Hussain Nawaz Hassan Nawaz produced another letter of the Qatari Prince before the apex court. The letter was dated 22nd Dec 2016 in which Qatari Prince replied to the questions being raised after his first letter. The presented new letter also describes the business of the Qatari Prince and enlightens Dubai Steel Mill’s scenarios.
Qatari Prince replied to the questions being raised after his first letter.
It is also stated in the letter that the investment of Sharif Family in Qatar was carried out in cash in accordance with Qatari’s business norms, with further mentioning that $8 Million were the outstanding amount with respect to the business of Sharif Family in year 2005. The payment was made in the form of Nelson and Nescol shares, letter quotes.
PM Nawaz Sharif’s sons also disclosed the details of Dubai Steel Mill and stated that it was built with the cooperation of banks and Dubai government. They also told the court about their business dealings with Qatari prince and said that Hammad Bin Jassim Bin Jabbar Al-Thani’s business is spread all over the world. Hassan and Hussain Nawaz also submitted the documents of the sale and purchase of Azizia Steel Mill in Saudi Arabia and the factory in Dubai.
Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer Advocate Shahid Hamid also resumed his arguments before the court and argued that he will also submit tax returns regarding gifts given to the PM from his children. The matter of a car also came under the spotlight that was allegedly gifted to Maryam Nawaz by her brother Hassan Nawaz.
Justice Hamid wondered that how so much profit was was earned through the sale of just a BMW car. To this, Shahid Hamid told the court that BMW was bought by Hassan Nawaz in 2006 and gifted to Maryam Nawaz two years later. Later then in 2011, Maryam Nawaz sold the BMW for Rs. 2 Million, Hamid said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also submitted his reply in court and responded to arguments made by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Lawyer Advocate Taufeeq Asif before the SC during the proceedings of the case.
The reply stated that the PM Nawaz Sharif did not make any misstatements in his speech in the assembly, referring to the speech made by the premier on the floor of the National Assembly last May, following the Panama Leaks’ issue. The reply also maintained that Nawaz Sharif does not own the London flats and the PM is not the beneficial owner of any of the four flats.
After the hearing, PTI’s Leader Fawad Chaudhary said that instead of providing evidences before the court evidence, PM and his family is coming up with furnished, illegal and dishonest documents before the Supreme Court. PTI’s Arif Alvi was of the viewpoint that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had presented himself as a dependent in the tax returns filed by him.