Sharifs present another letter from Qatari prince to establish London flats' money trail

Published: January 26, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Sharif family on Thursday submitted another letter from a Qatari prince in the Supreme Court to establish the money trail of London apartments.

The London apartments are at the centre of the Panamagate case being heard by a five-judge larger bench of the Supreme Court.

In his second letter to the apex court, Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber Al Thani claimed that an investment of 12 million dirhams contributed by Mian Muhammad Sharif (father of PM Nawaz) was made “by way of provision of cash”.

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

The statement submitted in the apex court by the premier’s counsel Advocate Salman Akram Raja, further stated that an amount of $8 million which was due to Mian Sharif, was settled “by the way of delivery of bearer shares of Nescol Ltd and Neilson Enterprises Ltd to a representative of PM Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz in 2006”.

In November last year, the Sharif family revealed that the four luxury apartments were purchased through offshore investments involving a member of the Qatari royal family. A letter purportedly written by a Qatari prince claimed that the London properties were proceeds of their real estate businesses in which the prime minister’s father, Mian Muhammad Sharif, had invested 12 million dirhams in 1980.

In the earlier letter, the Qatari prince stated that his father had longstanding business relations with PM Nawaz’s father which were coordinated through the prince’s eldest brother. “As per my understanding at that time an aggregate sum of around 12 million dirhams was contributed by Mian Sharif, originating from the sale of business in Dubai, UAE,” it said.

Meanwhile, PM’s sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz also submitted their replies in the apex court with certain facts and documents to establish the money trail for the purchase of the offshore property.

In his reply, Hussain claimed that he completed his education in the UK in 1996 and was involved in father’s business till October 1999 in Pakistan.

Qatari prince’s letter thickens Panamagate plot

During the hearing, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is heading a five-judge larger bench of the apex court to hear a slew of petitions filed against the Sharif family over alleged corruption, asked Advocate Shahid Hamid, the Sharifs’ counsel, to provide dates of the gifts given by Hussain to Nawaz, Nawaz’s gift to Maryam Nawaz for purchase of 143 kanal land and Maryam’s gift to the PM.

The top court also sought the complete record of the gift transactions from the Sharif family.

The Sharif family’s attorney faced a tough time in the Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges looked to him to clarify the money trail for London apartments. On the 15th hearing of the case, a five-judge bench — headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa — examined the issue of whether PM Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Safdar was his dependent and whether she is a beneficiary of the London properties or had acted as a front-person for her father.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Khalid Javaid
    Jan 26, 2017 - 1:02PM

    In the Wake of Panama Imbroglio, I wonder how to teach my three little kids to be good, to think & do good when every evening on TV, they watch & listen nothing but stories of financial crooks, political intimidators, threatening & pouncing on each other like crazy wolves. In a bid to expose evil, we have contaminated the young minds.

    Looking at the past, the ongoing Panama case will lead nowhere but to the ditch of despair with absolutely no prospects of supremacy of law.Recommend

  • YP Misissauaga
    Jan 26, 2017 - 1:19PM

    “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”
    ― Dorothy Allison,Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 26, 2017 - 1:23PM

    Nice spreadsheet. I could make something similar in 10 mins. I was really expecting sone bank statements, remittances recird etc. Even if the initial investment was made in cash (laughable – first bank in qatar was established in 50s), don’t tell me the properties in london were bought in cash as well. If the qatri prince bought them in 90s, surely the recordfor that also exlists? Or some record showing that qatri established Nielson and nescoll in90s? Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 26, 2017 - 1:51PM

    On one hand India have laid red carpet for UAE future King and entering into contract for betterment of India and on the other hand our leaders are begging Qatari Royals to save them from Panama fiasco. Any favors which these Qatari Royals are giving to Sharifs cannot be for free. The fear is that the price of these favors can be national interest? Only time will tell if that is the case. Even if this is not the case, which is highly unlikely, how can a government which require foreign intervention to prove its creditability, can focus on national affairs and nations integrity? Most of the ministers are on daily basis are doing nothing but trying to protect their PM in front of print and electronic media. Nation can only wait and pray for good days!Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Jan 26, 2017 - 1:57PM

    Who ever thinks that Arab countries are friends of Pakistan? They the Qataris think they can save NS in this Panama leaks and then enjoy hunting and spending Arabian nights in Pakistan and flout all laws since want their pound of flesh back.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 26, 2017 - 2:15PM

    Time to verify payments made to Hasan Nawaz with Bank statement as per dates mentioned in the statement by Qatari Prince.Recommend

  • Khan A
    Jan 26, 2017 - 2:23PM

    The following article by Ayaz Amir published by Dawn on May 07, 1999 should be read by everyone involved here.

    That Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber Al Thani is himself involved in a host of legal cases and controversies is very telling. Relying on such a character reveals the Sharifs are quite desperate and clutching at straws.Recommend

  • salman
    Jan 26, 2017 - 2:41PM

    Money can buy anything if two stand on common interest! but PM has lost his integrity and dignity..what a loss..Recommend

  • Mika
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:11PM

    How much Sharifs have earned in the name of CPEC. CPEC is nothing but a corruption project where Chinese and sharif family earned billions Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 26, 2017 - 3:23PM

    The great thing about being a Qatari prince is that you can put your name to anything without feeling threatened …..especially when it concerns Pakistan. Recommend

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