Envoy says Qatar not involved in Panamagate

Published: February 5, 2017

Qatar has distanced itself from any involvement in the Panamagate affair, saying it was an internal matter of Pakistan.

“Let me assure you categorically that my government is not involved in this matter. It is an internal issue, Qatar is not actually involved,” Qatar’s Ambassador to Pakistan Saqr bin Mubarak al Mansouri told the host of a news show on Saturday.

Qatari prince’s letter thickens Panamagate plot

In a bid to provide the money trail for the Sharifs’ London properties, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel submitted before the Supreme Court’s five-judge bench hearing the Panamagate case two letters, apparently written by Qatar’s Emir Shiek Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber al Thani.

In the first letter, the emir said the PM’s father, Mian Muhammad Sharif, had invested approximately 12 million dirhams in the Al-Thani family’s real estate business. The second letter also included transaction details and auditor’s reports of the Gulf Steel Mills in Dubai and the Azizia Steel Mills in Jeddah.

Panamagate hearing: Sharifs submit second letter by Qatari prince

Both the letters – respectively submitted in November 2016 and January 26, 2017 – were marked ‘private and confidential’ and not to be disclosed to any party, except for the benefit of Pakistani courts.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 5th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (3)

    Feb 5, 2017 - 4:26PM

    Qatar’s Ambassador to Pakistan Saqr bin Mubarak al Mansouri statement during a news show is yet another blow for the PML-N as it will affect the whole case and now a new pandora box will be open on the authenticity and create suspicions whether the letters presented in apex court were true or fake. As the Qatari envoy clears Qatar’s position in Panamagate issue the premier would be in deep trouble in current scenario and will be the victim of his own advisers and close aides. (Wise enemy is better than a foolish friend).


  • Imran Qadri
    Feb 5, 2017 - 4:28PM

    PMLN all along was had been saying the same thing that it was a private matter. Ignorant PTI leadership and its gullible supporter still saying the same thing that Qatari govt is embarrassed to be associated with London Flats letters whereas its totally a private and personal matter between two business groups/families.. Recommend

  • Truyh
    Feb 5, 2017 - 7:47PM

    Nawaz sharifs father did business with a person ,not with the government hence there will none of the problems which you have mentioned above.Recommend

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