Maryam Nawaz beneficiary of London flats: Imran

Published: January 3, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan on Tuesday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz is the beneficiary of luxury flats in a posh London neighbourhood.

The PTI leader submitted fresh documentary evidence in the Supreme Court (SC) against the premier’s family over its alleged involvement in the Panamagate scandal.

According to the documents submitted in the apex court by PTI’s lawyer Naeem Bukhari, the prime minister’s daughter is the beneficiary of the luxury flats in London.

Storm isn’t over, Imran tells PML-N

Addressing the media after submitting the documents, PTI chairman Imran Khan said he will prove five points through the papers. “Maryam was beneficiary and the real owner of Nelson and Nescon,” the PTI chief said.

“There was no trust which Hussain established and of which Maryam was trustee. In fact she was the real owner,” he added. Imran further alleged that the letter from a Qatari prince claiming the London flats were purchased through the settlement of accounts between his family’s company and the Sharif family was a “fraud.”

The PTI chief also questioned where Maryam Nawaz got money from to purchase the London flats when she is her father’s beneficiary. “PM Nawaz lied in Supreme Court. The only thing that isn’t fake is Ishaq Dar’s document which he submitted before the parliament,” he alleged.

“Nawaz Sharif has lied both on the assembly floor as well as in court. They don’t have any money trail to prove themselves,” Imran added.

Earlier, 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.

According to Sharif family, on February 2, 2006, the premier’s daughter had signed a declaration with her brother Hussain Nawaz as a trustee in his two companies Nescol and Nielsen. Further, Maryam, in her reply before the SC, had also claimed that she was only a trustee and not a shareholder or beneficiary of the properties.

‘Case may be decided in two weeks’

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Imran Khan said the documents provided were a genuine evidence of PTI’s stance [regarding premier’s alleged offshore wealth]. “The Supreme Court now has a trail of documents to investigate the matter,” he said adding, “this matter may now be decided in about two weeks.”

If the premier, the PTI chairman said, doesn’t accept the documents exposing the scam, he should take the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to court. “The documents are public, available and undisputed.”

Imran went on to say that the documents were provided to them by overseas Pakistanis – 90 per cent of whom he claimed support his party.

PM, children change lawyers

Meanwhile, PM Nawaz and his children have once again replaced lawyers in the Panamagate scandal. Makhdoom Ali Khan will now represent the prime minister while Salman Akram Raja and Shahid Hamid will appear on behalf of Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz respectively, sources told The Express Tribune.

Sharif family dissatisfied with PM’s counsel in Panamagate

Earlier, Salman Aslam Butt was appearing on behalf of the prime minister while Akram Sheikh was representing the premier’s children.

The Panama Papers are huge collections of classified documents leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in April, 2016. The Papers revealed names of over 200 Pakistanis, including PM Nawaz’s children, who owned offshore companies in international tax havens.

PTI should speak inside the court, not outside: PML-N leaders

Later in the day while refuting the PTI stance, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Muhammad Zubair said that PM Nawaz was never accused in the Panama Paper leaks and this fact is also endorsed by the PTI itself while addressing the media in Islamabad.

“We believe that the prime minister should not be dragged into all this since his name was never mentioned anywhere,” Zubair said about the Panamagate scandal.

He went on to say that the PTI chairman should talk in the court where he usually sits quietly instead of addressing pressers outside the courtroom.

Another PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz remarked that the documents presented in the court today by the PTI were old and already discussed about. “These documents are PTI’s new 35 punctures and there is not a single new document in it.”

He alleged that the PTI leaders who were addressing the media today were themselves owners of off-shore companies.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Raider
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:49PM

    For imran khan. Dear khan- majorty here in pakistan society dont bother about what corruption is meant to do with there future. Peoples believe in construction of roads. Drains. Bridges,. They belive in who helped them while govt officials/police was torturing them. They believe in who assist them in getting legal or illegal govt contracts. They belive in who helped them in getting govt jobs. If you khan be successful in discrediting sharif and co. Still You might not be in position to get win massive support. Pushing public issues and deliverance in your kpk might be one parameter.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:51PM

    Imran Khan is beneficiary of Bani Gala benami property. To this day he stays with his ex in-laws in London. Recommend

  • razi
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:59PM

    Tough times ahead for the Sharief family.Recommend

  • NR
    Jan 3, 2017 - 5:22PM

    @Imran Qadri:

    You really should be ashamed of yourself for talking like this…. Recommend

  • Kamran Asghar
    Jan 3, 2017 - 5:46PM

    I hope Pakistani people understand that Imran Khan is doing this for them. Its actually a case between common man and the corrupt elite. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jan 3, 2017 - 6:00PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    It must be painful for Nooras to accept that they follow a criminal.Recommend

  • SA
    Jan 3, 2017 - 6:04PM

    something not right with him, why he is giving verdict before court hearing. he is so nervousRecommend

  • Shah
    Jan 3, 2017 - 7:12PM

    @NR:
    He can talk like this if he is son of Tahir ul Qadri; Maybe he does not know….;Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jan 3, 2017 - 8:50PM

    What a complete waste of time – everyone knows nawaz sharif has owned these flats since the mid 90’s – legal entity structures created as holding companies are irrelevant and do not change the fundamental truth – I am no Pti supporter but it’s true that imran is fighting a case for the common man against the ruling elite. How irrelevant our institutions have become when everyone knows the truth yet we have been wasting insurmountable time trying to prove what everyone already knows – disgraceful to say the least!Recommend

  • asim
    Jan 3, 2017 - 9:01PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    With all respect, I don’t care if IK did any corruption, WHY? Because he never been in power, I don’t want to hold people answerable if they were not in power, I rather ask the Sharifs who we served as slaves for 35 years and counting… Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jan 3, 2017 - 10:24PM

    Lovely photo — completely captures the banality of evil!Recommend

  • Newton
    Jan 4, 2017 - 11:14AM

    IMRAN khan is very ungrateful the land of
    The cancer hospital he built in Lahore was gifted by Nawaz sharif gov years ago.Recommend

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