SC questions where Hassan Nawaz got money from to establish business right after completing studies

PTI counsel says Hassan Nawaz established a company in the UK in the year 2000


Hasnaat Malik January 10, 2017
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks on during a lecture on Sri Lanka-Pakistan Relations in Colombo, Sri Lanka January 5, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A day after claiming the ‘truthfulness’ of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is a key issue, the Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned where the premier’s son, Hassan Nawaz, got money from to establish a business in the United Kingdom soon after completing his studies.

A five-judge larger bench hearing the Panamagate case was focusing on the Sharif family’s statements regarding the purchase of London flats.

Whether PM truthful is key issue: top court

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf counsel Naeem Bukhari told the Supreme Court that Hassan Nawaz established a company in the UK in the year 2000. To this, the bench raised questions regarding how the premier’s son established a company in 2000 as he was studying till 1999.

Hassan Nawaz in an interview in 1999 had stated that he was a student with no source of income and that rent of the London flats was coming from Pakistan. On the other hand, Hussain, his brother in a recent interview in 2016 said that Hassan had been doing business for last 21 years.

Further, PM Nawaz earlier stated both his sons started business after the sale of their Jeddah factory in 2005.  PM Nawaz has said the London properties had been purchased with the money earned from the sale of a factory in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, set up by his deceased father, Mian Muhammad Sharif.

Top court signals interest in reviewing divergent claims

On the other hand, when the PTI counsel present an investigation report by then additional FIA DG Rehman Malik regarding the money laundering of Sharif family in 1996, the bench observed that the report cannot be included as evidence. “You are asking us to violate the oath,” Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh told the PTI counsel. “Please address us and not the nation,” he further said to Bukhari.

Further, at the start of the hearing, Justice Asif Khosa withdrew his observation regarding Article 62 and 63 of the constitution. “I should not have given such observations,” he stated. On Monday, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh observed that Articles 62 and 63 were not applicable to the PM alone but also to all parliamentarians and if the court started disqualifying the lawmakers on the basis of misstatements then no one would survive. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa – head of the Supreme Court’s five-judge larger bench – had observed that the real issue before the court is whether the prime minister is truthful or not in his statements related to his family’s London properties.

COMMENTS (7)

Ali khan | 4 years ago | Reply Honourable judge kindly take a step and start implementing the Article 62 and 63 of the constitution. History will remember you in golden words. You can save the nation from these looters.
NoNy | 4 years ago | Reply "if the court started disqualifying the lawmakers on the basis of misstatements then no one would survive" so where does any law book says, if the impact of implementation of law is pervasive then courts should change its interpretation. Disqualify all if that is what law says! I do not see these judges making any historical decision, mediocre we are and mediocre we shall expect!
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