PM Nawaz's children submit replies in Panamagate case

Published: November 7, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three scions submitted their replies in Panamagate case before a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Monday.

In their written reply, Hussain admitted owning offshore properties while Maryam claimed she is a trustee and Hassan out-rightly denied owning property abroad. Following their replies, the top court directed all parties to submit relevant documentary evidence before the court by Tuesday, November 15. The case has been adjourned till November 15.

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During the hearing, the top court gave a week’s time to PM Nawaz’s children to submit evidence and establish that they are legal owners of property abroad. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa asked the Sharif family’s counsel Salman Aslam Butt to satisfy the court with documentary evidence if he wished to get a ‘clean chit’ for the premier and his family.

The replies contained an explanation for each of the properties mentioned in the case. Earlier, while giving details of the replies presented in the court, a PML-N leader told The Express Tribune that PM Nawaz and his children have not transferred any money abroad from Pakistan and therefore have not committed any wrongdoing. “No laws have been infringed upon,” he said.

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The court was told that Maryam Nawaz is a taxpayer in her own right and not a dependent. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan is also witnessing the larger bench’s proceedings today.

In her reply, Maryam stated that she is not dependent on PM Nawaz in any way and is not a beneficiary of any foreign property. The reply added that she is a trustee of Nielsen and Nescoll Ltd.

Admitting that he owned a company abroad, Hassan claimed he has been running a business outside Pakistan for the last 16 years. Meanwhile, Hussain in his reply stated that he has been running a business outside the country for 22 years. He denied ownership of properties purchased through offshore companies.

On November 3, the top court gave a last chance to three scions of the ruling Sharif family to submit their replies on November 7. The Panama Papers on April 3 revealed that Premier Nawaz Sharif’s three children – Maryam, Hasan and Hussain – were among hundreds of powerful people who had stashed away money in offshore companies.

Meanwhile, the PTI on Sunday decided to expand its legal team for the Panama leaks case in the Supreme Court. Sources told The Express Tribune that the party’s legal team held a special meeting with the PTI leadership at chief Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence. Naeem Bukhari and Dr Babar Awan also attended the meeting, they said.

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According to sources, Awan has signaled his willingness to join the team which will represent PTI before the inquiry commission set up to probe the Panamagate allegations against the Sharif family. Renowned tax lawyer Dr Ikramul Haq will also be included in the PTI legal team and the services of a senior chartered accountant will also be obtained for the Panama leaks case, they said.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior PTI leader said that since Awan is an expert in criminal law, his inclusion in the party’s legal team will help build the case against Prime Minister Nawaz and his family. He added that PTI legal team head Hamid Khan is a constitutional expert.

On November 1, the bench asked both the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to submit their respective ToRs as it observed that in case of continued disagreement between the parties, the court could develop its ToRs.

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Earlier, in his reply, Sharif told the bench that he is neither the owner of any offshore entities nor of any offshore properties, including flats in London. He also submitted that neither his name had appeared in the Panama Papers nor any accusations had been levelled against him in the said papers.

Sharif said he is a regular taxpayer and his entire income, assets and liabilities are duly declared in the tax returns as well as nomination forms for the elections 2013. Nawaz told the SC that none of his children are his dependent nor any of them has been declared his dependent.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 7, 2016 - 11:10AM

    Even an uneducated person can witness while watching video statements of Sharif family; lets see how Pakistan Supreme Court decides. If Supreme Court can not serve justice; then it should legalize corruption in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sohail
    Nov 7, 2016 - 11:27AM

    Doesn’t trustee have all the controls? If she is not beneficiary who is? A trustee can move assets around so that he/she get all the benefits without being the final beneficiary.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Nov 7, 2016 - 12:50PM

    I hope it will be time for Nawaz to pack his bags and leave. He is only good for building roads and taking loans. Nothing else can he do better.Recommend

  • khawar
    Nov 7, 2016 - 1:25PM

    Plz obtain ceritified copies of all petitions and their replies in a special edition as the matter is of public importance.Recommend

  • citizen26
    Nov 7, 2016 - 1:26PM

    Game is onRecommend

  • salman
    Nov 7, 2016 - 1:34PM

    So hussain has been running a business since 1994? That’s funny, because at that time he was a university student with me at LSE. I wonder where he got the funds to start such a business. Recommend

  • Asad
    Nov 7, 2016 - 2:05PM

    The case would have been closed today if the reply included detail of purchase of property in 2006 with signature and details of seller and purchaser. Instead Imran’s offshore Nikkah was attached last night. Recommend

  • Asif
    Nov 7, 2016 - 2:39PM

    These kids were giving Bill Gates run for the money in their youth. If they teach entrepreneurship in colleges Pakistan will be ahead of USA! Recommend

  • salman
    Nov 7, 2016 - 4:46PM

    Lol. Or better yet, let’s make Hussein finance minister, he can then work his magic and make us all millionaires!Recommend

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