London flats were bought through Qatari investments, Sharif family tells SC

Published: November 15, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Submitting documentary evidence on the ‘legitimacy’ of their assets before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, claimed their London apartment was bought through Qatari investments.

Along with a 397-page document consisting details of transactions as well as receipts of payments since 2011, the Sharif family submitted a letter from a Qatari prince claiming the flats were purchased through the settlement of accounts between his family’s company and the Sharif family.

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PM Nawaz’s children’s counsel Akram Sheikh submitted a letter from Qatari Prince Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani to the top court’s larger bench.

The letter addressing the apex court states that in 1980, Mian Muhammad Sharif (Nawaz Sharif’s father) invested 12 million Dirhams in the Al Thani company belonging to the Qatari prince’s father. “In the year 2006, the accounts in relation to the above investment were settled between Hussain Nawaz Sharif and Al Thani family, who then delivered the bearer shares of the companies referred in para 4 above to a representative of Hussain Nawaz Sharif,” the letter read.

However, responding to the letter Justice Khosa asked Sharif family counsel, Akram Sheikh, whether the Qatari prince will appear as witness in court. The justice also observed the letter contradicts PM’s earlier stance on the London flats.

The premier’s family submitted the documents hours before a larger bench of the Supreme Court resumed hearing of a slew of petitions filed primarily against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the wake of Panamagate scandal.

The documents consisting of 397 pages contain details of transactions as well as receipts of payments since 2011. The documents also consist of details of PM’s wealth tax of 2011 and 2012. The premier has also submitted nomination papers and his daughter’s wealth tax details.

The apex court had directed all parties to submit documentary evidence in support of their claims in connection with Panama Papers leaks case by November 15.

Further, the bench expressed anger at PTI’s legal team for not submitting relevant documentary evidences in Panama case. “You have disappointed us by filing a huge number of documents which have no relevancy to this case,” the bench told PTI.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday submitted stacks of documents to substantiate its allegation of corruption against the ruling Sharif family.

Panama Papers, a leak of classified documents of a Panama-based firm, revealed in April that three scions of the Sharif family owned offshore companies in international tax havens.

In its documentary evidence, PTI’s legal team has tried to establish that the Sharif family has owned London properties since 1993 and not since 2006 as they claim. Along with Premier Sharif, the PTI is also trying to implicate his daughter, Maryam Safdar, who is regarded as his political heir.

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One of the certificates – dated February 7, 2006 – which bears Maryam’s signs, shows her as a ‘sole shareholder’ of Nescoll limited – one of the two companies that allegedly owned the Sharif family’s properties in London as revealed in the Panama Papers.

“The undersigned Maryam Safdar, being the sole shareholder of the company, hereby confirms the adoption of the following resolutions. It was noted LZ Nominees Limited was reappointed as a nominee director of the company.

“Thus; Resolves that reappointment of LZ Nominees Limited as nominee director for the company with effect from 13 May 2004 be and is hereby accepted and approved by the company and the sole shareholder of the company,” reads the document.

Earlier, Maryam in her reply before the Supreme Court had claimed that she was only a trustee and not a shareholder or beneficiary of the properties.

Moreover, her brother in his reply had claimed that he had purchased these properties in 2006 through the money given to him by his grandfather after selling his business in Dubai.

“According to entries in Her Majesty’s Land Registry the said suites are owned by the above offshore companies namely M/S Neilson and M/S Nescoll, both registered in BVI Ansbacher AG Zurich.

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“These companies are again operated and controlled by Mr Urs Specker. The management of these suites is being done by Mr Ridley of Dibb Lumpton Broomhead, Solicitors of London. The link of these luxury suites is beyond any speck of doubt,” reads another document in volume two.

Volume one of the PTI documents focuses on Maryam Safdar and Hussain Nawaz Sharif’s overseas assets. Volume two is mainly based on purported money laundering of Sharif family in 1980 and 1990s. In this volume, the PTI has reproduced the case prepared by Rehman Malik as the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) former additional director general.

Malik sent his articulation in 1998 to then president of Pakistan, chief justice, Ehtesab commissioner and army chief during Nawaz Sharif’s second term as the prime minister. No action was taken on his investigations by any of the investigating agencies.

Volume three gives details of tax record of the Sharif family since the 1970s and details of loans the family got written off. In some of the documents, the PTI has delineated how wealth of the Sharif family multiplied and they became business in three decades.

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Most of the documents are reproduction of record already published in media or submitted before different forums in the past. Many of the details given in these documents seem extraneous and appear to be enhancing the scope of investigations beyond Panama Papers.

“We should have provided concise record and must have remained focused on Panama leaks. There seems to be no coherence in the material submitted today,” one of the members of the PTI legal team said, while commenting on the record before the court.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had a detailed meeting with his lead counsel Hamid Khan late in the evening. According to Ishaq Khakwani, the PTI’s 686-pages are chronicles of the Sharif family’s wrongdoings, adding it is now for the lawyers to submit summaries in their narratives.

Clarification: An earlier headline for this story mistakenly said the London flats were ‘gifted’ to the Sharif family. As per the document submitted by the Qatari prine, the properties were part of a business settlement, not gifts. The error is deeply regretted. Editor 

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Hatim
    Nov 15, 2016 - 11:24AM

    ‘The justice also observed the letter contradicts PM’s earlier stance on the London flats.’ case can be wrapped up quickly now if the judges want. Recommend

  • YP Mississauga
    Nov 15, 2016 - 11:51AM

    Now PM will hv to show documentary proof of transfer of funds through legal channels that was received from Qatari prince in settlement in relevant dates. Recommend

  • ABC
    Nov 15, 2016 - 11:52AM

    I have sincere sympathies with all the die hard PMLN supporters who were defending the earlier stance of their leader that these flats were bought by selling Saudi steel mills. Its time for supporters to change the stance too :D Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Nov 15, 2016 - 11:52AM

    The corrupt Sheikhs will look take care of the corrupt Pakistani leaders. They are all one of a kind. They look out for each other. The Qatari prince will produce forged documents and everything will be back to normal.Recommend

  • SYED
    Nov 15, 2016 - 11:59AM

    Classical example of turning Black Money to White MoneyRecommend

  • kaka supoi
    Nov 15, 2016 - 12:07PM

    NS and team you are so lucky to have Qatari friends who gave you unlimited amount of money to buy flats in london. can you please advise whole Pakistan how to make qatari friends who can gift you money and flats. Pakistan only friends are IMF, Asian development bank who lend you money but in return you pay a lot. Recommend

  • Gaz
    Nov 15, 2016 - 12:15PM

    Forget PTIs evidence just their constant change of stories indicates clear guilt.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 15, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Qatari prince gave the money ?……..unbelievable. Recommend

  • Liaqat Ali
    Nov 15, 2016 - 1:10PM

    NS is guilty , no doubt . I wish he is punished for his corruption and not for who he is .Which is means his ehtisaab is a start of the process and not the end of it. All corrupt must be apprehended. But unfortunatellt that is not the case at all. If NS is punished , it will serve the purpose and we all including PTI will go to sleep on this. The target is NS as person , not corruption . not at all. Recommend

  • citizen26
    Nov 15, 2016 - 1:23PM

    Who is taking U-turns now? And Qatari Prince gave money to buy flats. Can he give money to repay our debts to IMF and World bank?Recommend

  • Dr Aslam Butt
    Nov 15, 2016 - 1:32PM

    Truth should prevail under all circumstances. If Prince of Qatar’s letter had to be produced and all transactions were in order , then why couldn,t the PM take this stance to start with. Whosoever is responsible for the miseries afflicted to our people must be brought to task. Billions of Rupees of the Exchequer have gone to waste. This matter should have been settled at the floor of the Parliament. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Nov 15, 2016 - 1:36PM

    Qatri prince gave money…..wowww …….NS please elaborate what u gave him???????? Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Nov 15, 2016 - 1:41PM

    ET the declaration of HE Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber Al Thani cannot be disclosed to any third party without their written consent (as it appears on the declaration itself).
    (Although feels good to have it …..)Recommend

  • salman
    Nov 15, 2016 - 2:08PM

    Love it. Everyday is a new story of how those flats were brought. Which contradicts the previous story. What’s next? Queen Elizabeth gifted these flats to Sharif family so they could save democracy? LolRecommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 15, 2016 - 2:11PM

    Our PM lives in his mother’s house and his foreign houses are gifts .. what a life!Recommend

  • Zahid Jamil
    Nov 15, 2016 - 2:16PM

    So now the london flat is possibly a bribe by Qatari prince. Imagine how any Govt deal with Qatar may be viewed. They have a silly lawyer. This is worse than before. Recommend

  • ChandSitara
    Nov 15, 2016 - 2:24PM

    Interesting thing: Investor Mian Sharif wished all benefits should go to Hussain Sharif!Recommend

  • azmat shah
    Nov 15, 2016 - 2:51PM

    “The undersigned Maryam Safdar, being the sole shareholder of the company, hereby confirms the adoption of the following resolutions. It was noted LZ Nominees Limited was reappointed as a nominee director of the company.Thus; Resolves that reappointment of LZ Nominees Limited as nominee director for the company with effect from 13 May 2004 be and is hereby accepted and approved by the company and the sole shareholder of the company,” reads the document.
    For a moment, lets just assume that Maryam Nawaz is right in saying that she was just the trustee not a beneficiary. BUT, how can she become a trustee of his brother’s company in 2004 when he is claiming to have bought it in 2004. CASE CLOSEDRecommend

  • JA
    Nov 15, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Forget Panama leak, he proved himself that he has been lying till now, he violated “Sadiq & Ameen” requirement by himself.
    He outsmarted ZardariRecommend

  • Faisal Afzal
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Our “brothers” in Qatar, like the Sharifs make personal rather than state to state friendships. But not to fear friends, truth always prevails. Der hai per andher nahi.Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:08PM

    Most revolting charade!Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:15PM

    Does anybody even believe that? No should be dismissed forthwith for lying to the nation. Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:27PM

    @Dr Aslam Butt:

    Are you sleeping Sir, Imran Khan tried that, is not it ? you forgot that parliamentary committee was formed after PM speech in the parliament but TORs could not be agreed upon between PML N & PTI PPP etc; PTI PPP wanted TORs to mention PM from where investigation to start as per PM address in th Parliament but when it was mentioned in TORs, PML N refused to accept NS name…this is how our parliament worked, where are you ? PTI had no choice & petitioned SC, where it was refused by the SC registrar. Only after pressure through protest SC agreed, is this the way to get justice, then you people say, why IK has to resort to street protest etc; Recommend

  • Arif
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:41PM

    I heard somebody saying if you want to public any thing so spread the message by saying “Don’t tell anybody”.it will automatically public. Same thing is seen in this document.Recommend

  • Tanya Khan
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:49PM

    The ugly neverending love of money and property just makes me nauseous…….Recommend

  • ABC
    Nov 15, 2016 - 3:51PM

    What about conflict of interest?Recommend

  • Raisani
    Nov 15, 2016 - 4:01PM

    If Qatari Prince bought them flats then he must have got something in return too. After or Before? Recommend

  • Gaz
    Nov 15, 2016 - 4:13PM

    If you are madly in love with Nawaz and will support him no matter what then that is your business but please no on ever say he is clean or a good person.Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Nov 15, 2016 - 4:49PM

    This new evidence contradicts NS speech in parliament where he claimed that the flats were bought after selling Dubai mill.or Jeddah steel mill, something on his line. Someibe correct me please. this amounts to hiding facts and another case can be filed with ECP against NS as per article 62 and 63 relevant clause of ” Sadiq and amin”. Recommend

  • kilo
    Nov 15, 2016 - 5:28PM

    enough is enough.. Collect your personal belonging Mr. Sharif..Its time to vacate PM house do not deserve to be staying in this august place. Recommend

  • NOMI
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:00PM

    If Qatari prince gave these flats in 2006,then how did the sharif family pledge those flat with UK bank to get financial facility?.Recommend

  • Ghost.
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Nawaz gave the Qatari Prince his blessings, that is all.Recommend

  • kamal
    Nov 15, 2016 - 7:25PM

    @ABC: Crooks or 100% naïve simpletons proliferate in the masses. Both are incapable of voting for anyone of any standing or honest people.Recommend

  • Nadeem Tayyab
    Nov 15, 2016 - 8:02PM

    Hi All, Major question is Sharif Investment all around a globe but not major investment in Pakistan except Itefaq Foundries which also stop working since 14 Years. He is having business rights all around the World but as a skill and IT professional labour. I demand its 70% investment should be in Pakistan and rest needs to be around the World. What a hack, He is also having the land in New-Zeland :-)Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Nov 15, 2016 - 8:13PM

    By covering one lie he is adding more lies and court and people can see it! He will never accept that this is just ill gotten money he bought mega million worth of flats in London. Truth is bitter reality He wish to hide.

    A personal letter by any prince or whoever doesnt worth anything in court of law! they have provided evidence against themselves already by contradicting each other within family. Recommend

  • Marghoob Ahmed Sidiqui
    Nov 15, 2016 - 8:23PM

    Good. They changed the Lawyer and brought Akram Shaikh because only he can do such miracles for Shareef family. No doubt this is all a made up story and Supreme Court must reject it.Recommend

  • Faisal Afzal
    Nov 16, 2016 - 5:42AM

    Nothing strange about this. I get emails from Nigerian price all the times offering me his wealth and estate.Recommend

  • Irshad Khan
    Nov 16, 2016 - 6:11AM

    I will be very happy and thankful if a Qatri or a Saudi prince lend me about two hundred million Dollars to buy Hilton Hotel in Toronto.Recommend

  • a&a
    Nov 16, 2016 - 7:26AM

    Very lucky…
    So many friends and lovers around the World….Recommend

  • Ahsan Ali Khan
    Nov 16, 2016 - 8:28AM

    This can only happen in Pakistan and the rulers continue to rule. I am amazed………………..Recommend

  • JKhan
    Nov 16, 2016 - 10:34AM

    This family has amply revealed the stock they belong to. No self esteem or dignity at all.Recommend

  • Citizen
    Nov 16, 2016 - 12:46PM

    When peoples lives are at stake, when the Supreme Court has cases which have not been resolved for long periods of time. When there are more important issues, why is the court not doing its duties. When politicians are what they are, the country suffers, if we are a nation which elects these people, we the people have to bear the consequences. If the system does not work, when nothing works, this is it. Why should the Supreme Court get involved. We people know there is no water, no power, no transport system, no health facilities, no law and order, no good educational facilities for the poor, this is where we are after 69 years. Recommend

  • naseem ahmed
    Nov 16, 2016 - 1:51PM

    a very good story Any body is not going to believe it. If Qatri prince gave him so much money; it should be for some services provided to him by NS. NS and family will ruin Pakistan; the sooner we get rid of them shall be good for the countryRecommend

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